Decline of 45,573 students in Class 1

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Thiruvananthapuram: Compared to the last academic year, a decrease of 45,573 students was recorded in the enrolment to first standard in the state. A dip of 15,380 and 22,142 students were reported in government and aided schools, respectively. Minister of Education V Sivankutty informed the state legislative assembly that a fall of 8,051 students have been marked in government approved unaided schools here.

A total of 3,48,741 students obtained admission to first standard in the previous academic year, including unaided schools. However, the figures reduced to 3,03,168 students this year. Along with the considerable decline in population, the shift of children to other syllabi after Covid induced lockdown have contributed to the decrease in number of students gaining admission to first standard this year, opined experts.

The data surfaced in the report of the public education department which was prepared based on the attendance details of the sixth working days this academic year.

Compared to last year, a decline of 45,519 students were reported from class 1 to class 10. However, the number of students from class 2 to class 10 have increased. Minister said that 40 government schools in the state have only ten or below 10 students while 109 aided schools are functional in the state.

Usually more students transfer from unaided schools to government and aided schools at fifth and eighth standards. There was a decrease of 7,134 students in fifth standard. A shortage of 669 students have been reported in class 10 of aided schools.

Data academic year (2022-23)

Government schools- 12,73,014

Aided schools- 22,26,349

Unaided schools- 3,33,032

Total number of schools- 38,32,395

Total number of students last year- 38,77,914

Increase in students in govt schools- 44,915

Increase in students in aided schools- 75,055

Total increase- 1,19,970

Increase in number of students

  • Class 2- 6870
  • Class 3- 9006
  • Class 4- 10,245
  • Class 5- 32,545
  • Class 6- 13,423
  • Class 7- 10,190
  • Class 8- 28,791
  • Class 9- 8009
  • Class 10- 891
Number of students in ninth standard

  1. Thiruvananthapuram- 22,433
  2. Kollam- 17,024
  3. Pathanamthitta- 6,554
  4. Alappuzha- 13,005
  5. Kottayam- 11,687
  6. Idukki- 8063
  7. Ernakulam- 19,821
  8. Thrissur- 26,186
  9. Palakkad- 27,514
  10. Malappuram- 68,517
  11. Kozhikode- 31,248
  12. Wayanad- 9519
  13. Kannur- 24,733
  14. Kasaragod- 16,866

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