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6.54 crore Indians; 27% of differently-abled never been to school

The Census data of 2011 claims that there is improvement of 11 percent points in the decade from 2001-2011 in disabled people attending schools

According to the latest 2011 census, 6.54 crore people in the age group of 5-19 years in the country have never attended any school while another 4.49 crore have dropped out of schools in the last decade. In about 65.7 lakh disabled people in the same criteria, 17.5 lakh haven’t attended school while eight lakh have dropped out of schools in the last decade.

In the latest reports, according to 2011 census data out of 38.01 crore population in the age group of 5-19 years of which 26.98 crore (71 percent) is attending educational institutions. In 65.7 lakh disabled people in the age group of 5-19, 40.2 lakh people (61.2 percent) are attending educational institutions.

The Census data claims that there is improvement of 11 per cent points in the decade from 2001-2011, as in 2001 about 33.0 lakh, or 50.5 per cent, out of 65.3 lakh disabled persons in the same age group reported attended educational institutions.

It has been noted that the percentage of disabled population who never attended any educational institution in 2011 was reportedly highest among persons with ‘multiple disability’ (54.4 per cent), followed by ‘mental illness’ (50.3 percent) and ‘mental retardation’ (41.2 per cent) whereas persons with ‘any other disability’ (17.7 per cent) show the least percentage.

In addition to this, out of 40.2 lakh disabled persons attending educational institutions, 22.8 lakh (56.7 per cent) are males and 17.4 lakh (43.3 per cent) are females.

It has been further noticed that disabled persons with ‘any other disability’ show the highest percentage (71.2 per cent) in attending educational institution followed by ‘seeing’ (68 per cent), ‘hearing’ (67 per cent), ‘movement’ (59.6 per cent), ‘speech’ (58.9 per cent), ‘mental retardation’ (47.2 per cent), ‘multiple disability’ (37.2 per cent) and least with ‘mental illness’ (34.1 per cent). Maximum percentage of disabled persons who attended educational institution earlier is seen in ‘movement’ (17.7 per cent) followed by ‘mental illness’ (15.5 per cent), and least in ‘multiple disability’ (8.4 per cent).

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