Despite an overall improvement in the national enrolment rate at the elementary school level during 2010-11, induction of students from SC, ST, OBC and the Muslim community slumped during this period, a study claimed.
The report, prepared by National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA), said enrolment rate among SC decreased to 19.06 per cent in 2010-11 as compared to 19.81 during 2009-10.
Enrolment rate among ST also dipped to 10.70 per cent in 2010-11 from 10.93 in 2009-10, said the report, which tracks the progress of states towards providing universal elementary education.
It said among the OBCs, the enrolment at primary level was 40.09 per cent in 2010-11 as compared to 42.15 in 2009-10, underpinning a concerted effort from the government to address the issue.
Muslim enrolment at the primary level stood at 13.04 per cent, down from 13.48 per cent registered in 2009-10, the report said.
However, it said overall enrolment in schools between class I and V showed a marked improvement standing at 13,52,07,057 in 2010-11 as compared to 13,34,05,581 in 2009-10.
Similarly, enrolment in classes VI-VIII stood at 5,78,44,942 in 2010-11 as against 5,44,67,415 in 2009-10, the report said.
The study was based on the data received from as many as 1.36 million schools spread over 637 districts across 35 states.
Incidentally, it found that that enrolment in private schools was better than the government ones during 2010-11.