Bhimavaram is in the epicentre of the Godavari delta region. It is one of the principal trade centres of paddy in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Agriculture-based businesses like food processing, aqua culture, rice mills etc., are the chief sources of the town's revenue. It serves as a distribution centre as well as commercial centre to its hinterland. The town is the regional centre for higher education and is known for its specialized health services.
The alarmingly high rate of illiteracy among the students at high school level, along with the increasing number of drop outs, is reason enough to carefully explore the factors leading to such results. This is essential for identifying and understanding the social groups that are more vulnerable to dropouts, in order to improve the efficiency and reduce the wastage of education system. The purpose of this study is to identify the factors that influence the drop out of students from schools, with specific reference to the Bhivaram district in Andhra pradesh, India and propose school strengthening programs.