At 47 million, India has the most school dropouts

schooldropoutsA joint study by UNESCO and the Global Education Monitoring Report has found that 47 million adolescents in India have not progressed to upper secondary school. India has the highest number of out-of-school adolescents in the world.

Globally some 263 million adolescents are out of school.

Sharing India specific data, the report also showed that 2 million children have not attended school at all, which is the 3rd highest number of out-of-primary school children in a country after Nigeria and Pakistan.

However, comparative data showed that things have improved since 2010 when some 21 million primary school age children were out of school. The Report showed that poverty is a significant barrier to education in India.

Of all regions sub-Saharan Africa has the highest rate of exclusion.

Also, girls are more likely than boys to never attend a classroom despite efforts made and progress achieved over the past two decades.