More children go to school, thanks to DPEP

Dropout rate declines

Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: The school dropout rate in the State has come down from 53 per cent to 31.9 per cent during the period from 1996 to 2005 when two phases of the District Primary Education Programme (DPEP) were implemented. While the Rs.352.763 crore DPEP-I was taken up in 1996-97, Rs.725.60-crore second phase was in operation from 1998-99 to 2005.

K. Chandramouli, State Project Director, DPEP, told a press conference here on Wednesday that the two schemes would end by the month-end.

He said the DPEP-I was funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) of British Government and implemented in the districts of Vizianagaram, Nellore, Kurnool, Karimnagar and Warangal.

The DPEP-II was taken up in 14 districts with the assistance of World Bank. Its funding pattern was 85 per cent by the Government of India and the balance by the State.

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