Nearly 10 per cent children between the age of six and 17 years were not attending schools in the national capital, according to a socio-economic survey conducted by the Delhi government. The survey covering 1.02 crore people showed that these children either dropped out, discontinued school, or never attended it, primarily because of financial reasons.
The Delhi government’s survey was conducted between November 2018 and November 2019. The focus of recognising children out of school is in line with the Right to Education Act, which provides for free and compulsory education to children between the age of six and 14 years.
The survey covered 22,70,497 children and suggested that 2,21,694 children were not attending school. Around 90,110 children had never been to school, while 1,31,584 reported that they had attended school earlier, which meant that they discontinued going to school or dropped out of it. Of these children, 1,15,465 belonged to the age group of 14 and above.