According to the official statistics, none of the 170 students, who had dropped out of classes from one to five in Dakshina Kannada, could be brought back to schools till June-end.

Although the authorities had targeted to bring all of them to back to school by June-end, not even one of them has started attending classes so far. The dropouts included 89 girls This came to the fore in a document circulated at the monthly meeting to review of the Karnataka Development Programmes at Zilla Panchayat held here recently.

Deputy Director of Public Instruction C. Chame Gowda told The Hindu on Sunday that the number of dropouts, aged between 6 and 14 and studying between classes 1 and 7, was about 700, according to the latest survey. The delay in making them return to schools was because a bridge course was being conducted for them.

The class to which they could be sent to, would be decided based on the assessment of their learning skills, Mr. Gowda said.

Some students had been subsequently enrolled in schools and a report on the number of such studentswould be prepared soon.

The enrolment this year to classes from one to five was 1,58,770 students — 175 more than the target, according to the document.

The document circulated at the KDP meeting also brought to light the fact that only one person underwent sterilisation operation in the district in the first three months of this fiscal as against the target of 147. During the quarter, 1,727 women underwent the “family planning” operation, against the target of 3,975.

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