The Module on Computation of Cohort Dropout Rates under the NIEPA-NEPAL Project
Like other developing countries, at the time of launching the NIEPA-NEPAL project on decentralized planning in five pilot districts of NEPALin 2001, it was felt that dropout rates in case of the primary level of education in NEPAL is very high. At the same time, it was also realized that the district level officers engaged in planning are not well equipped with the basic concept of student-flow analysis, in general, and calculation of dropout, promotion, repetition, transition, and retention rates in particular because of which the officers were exposed to a UNESCO-Bangkok specially designed Spreadsheet to compute the same which is easy to use and very much relevant even today.
The COHORT module requires grade-wise enrolment for two consecutive years and a grade-wise number of repeaters for one year which is available across countries in ready-to-use form. Once the data is inserted into the worksheet, just by pressing the Compute Button, the flow indicators as well as the flow diagram are automatically generated.
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Though the flow rates are automatically generated the interpretation of the same is not an easy task for which the officers engaged in district planning must also learn the process of computing a kind of flow rates. District plans cannot afford not to present flow rates at the different levels of education at disaggregated levels and that too separately for boys and girls which also play an important role in enrolment projection exercises.