Singaporean Deputy PM exclaims school dropout biggest crisis in India

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Pulling attention to high dropout rate in upper primary schools in India, Singaporean Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam alarmingly pointed it out as a ‘biggest crisis’ in the country during his first lecture at Niti Aayog’s Transforming India initiative in New Delhi. The leader mentioned that the world’s second-most populous country also has the ‘biggest gap’ in talent at the top and unfulfilled potential at bottom. Stressing on the need for social mobility, Tharman mentioned that interventions at pre-natal stage are critical, followed up with pre-school opportunities. He further said that India has some key schemes in this regard, citing the results of the Integrated Child Development Services and Anganwadis. “Things can be achieved with village-level interventions, by reaching out to mother and child, then schools,” suggested Tharman.