Sunday, October 13, 2013

The Issue of School Dropouts in North India

The increasing number of dropouts from schools and colleges is not a local problem but it is prevalent globally.
This was said by Prof Ahmad Ali of BBD during a seminar on ‘Responsibility of parents in children’s education and reasons for dropouts in higher education’ organised by Anjuman Wazifa-e-Sadaat at Imambada Gufraanmaab.
Prof Ahmad said that in Muslims, the dropout rate was around 25 per cent which was a grave situation. “In such a case, we need to find out a solution before it is too late. In 2009, Central Government came up with Right to Education (RTE) which was implemented in most of the states by 2011. This law provides for free education to children in the age group of 6-14 years,” he said.
Citing poverty as the reason for increasing number of dropouts, he said there were a number of cases where schoolgoing children had to leave school after class IV to VI.
“These children start working in shops and workshops to help their family financially.There are some welfare organisations which compensate the families so that children can attend school and get education,” he said.
Member of Anjuman Maulana Syed Zahid Husain said: “We have been working for the welfare of poor students by providing small aid to them for acquiring education.” Anjum Hasnain, Nasir Husain, Ainul Raza, Muzammil Abbas and others were present on the occasion.
While addressing the gathering,senior auditor in Basic Education department Asghar Mahdi said that people should be encouraged to acquire education.“Government has been providing help but still people lag behind due to lack of awareness. People, especially those belonging to the Muslim community,should focus on the education of their children and engage them in the area of their interest,” he said.
“As per recent reports from Ministry of HRD, the dropout rate in the country was 26 lakh in which 10 lakh was in the state. We all should fix targets of education so that children can pursue the same subject in higher education too,” he added.
courtesy: Hujjat Raza

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