Claim: Gujarat has the highest school dropout rate in India.

Who: Congress party president Sonia Gandhi.

Where: At an election rally in Valsad, Gujarat, on Thursday.

Check: She is wrong.

According to latest available data, the highest dropout rate among school students (Class I-X) was reported from both Assam and Meghalaya (77.4%), followed by Nagaland (75.1%), Sikkim (69.9%) and Rajasthan (68.5%). Gujarat has a dropout rate of 57.9%, and this is worse than the national average dropout rate of 49.3%.

Source: Statistics of School Education 2010-11, ministry of human resource development.

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