School dropouts rising

We must find a wayout to this end

Published : 24 Oct 2023 09:19 PM

At least 2800000 students from class one to class nine have dropped out in different primary and secondary schools in the country this year, according to National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB).

So, the NCTB will not publish about 2.75 crore of textbooks for the next year. A total of 3,81,27,630 students from class one to nine are studying in primary and secondary schools in the country. So, the government is publishing 30,70,83517 textbooks for the students, according to media report.

The government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has taken effective steps to stop dropout of students from primary schools. But the country is still lagging behind as many regions are seeing continued dropouts despite enrolment rates being high. Eve-teasing, high cost for commercialisation of education, poverty, insecurity of female students, child marriage, insincerity of teachers and lack of knowledge of parents about education are the reasons for dropout from school. Besides, the parents, who are mostly illiterate and poor, prefer to engage their children in domestic work of the family instead of sending them to school.

The children have the right

 to go to school and have 

opportunity of education to build 

their future

Many parents send their children to school but later they are forced to stop attending schools due to poverty. The children have the right to go to school and have opportunity of education to build their future.

Besides, the communication system in the haor and hill areas turns worse every year during the rainy season as strong waves in the haors and hill hamper normal movement making boat journey highly risky for the children. Many children drown every year during the rainy season while going to school.

Parents prefer not to send their children to school fearing the high risk involved in their journey. The government should introduce water bus services for safe movement of students, which will reduce dropout rate at the schools.

Besides, the government will have to construct child friendly classrooms, strengthen awareness-building programmes, expand coverage of education stipend, assist poor parents in income generating work and recruit adequate teachers to stop dropout.