A recent survey conducted by the Karnataka government has revealed that as many as 1,265 children aged six to 16 are out of school.
Samagra Shikshana Karnataka (SSK), formerly known as Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, under the aegis of the Department of Public Instruction has collated the data after the door-to-door survey to identify out-of-school children.
The survey found that financial, health and family-related issues primarily kept children away from schools.
Instances of children aged between 14 and 16 who had dropped out to take up jobs to support their families due to the Covid-19 crisis were also noted in the report.
Other districts that reported the most number of out-of-school children were Bidar (2,609), Kalaburagi (2,129), Raichur (1,966), Chitradurga (1,587), and Dharwad (1,463). On the other hand, Udupi (172) and Dakshina Kannada (195) reported the least number of such cases.