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POST TIME: 1 March, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Combating dropout of girls

Combating dropout of girls

Bangladesh Bureau of Educational Information and Statistics (BANBEIS) at a dissemination workshop at its office in the capital yesterday disclosed that the dropout rate of girl students compared to that of boys in the secondary level is still alarming though various initiatives like doling out of stipends and free books are being offered by the government. According to a report of this newspaper yesterday, the total combined dropout rate of boys and girls in the year 2017 was 37.81 per cent while the individual rate of girls dropping out was 41.52 per cent and boys 33.43 per cent. This rate was 42.16 per cent in 2016 for girls and 33.88 per cent for boys. The BANBEIS conducted the survey on 10 types of educational institutions numbering 41,461 and the duration of the survey was from September 20 to October 10, last year.  

Education is one of the basic human rights as enshrined in Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. But how many people enjoy this right in the country? The overall scenario in the educational arena in the country does not show that much shine. When the government has taken various measures for promoting education in the country, including female education, the school dropout problem is a matter of grave concern. It is clear as the daylight that quality education eludes the children belonging to underprivileged classes.

There is no denying the fact that climate change and disasters like tidal surge, cyclone, flood, salinity, drought, erosion, water logging, etc are detrimental to attendance of students, particularly female students, in educational institutions. Besides, several factors like poverty and early marriage are greatly responsible for high dropout rate of girls.

Scores of schools in rural areas lack infrastructural facilities and competent teachers, hampering primary and secondary education. Education at many rural schools is appalling. The rural-urban gap should be minimised. There should not be any discrimination in matters of receiving quality education.

The reasons for high dropout rate should be found out. There is no scope to take such a serious issue lightly.  The government should take more incentive measures to lure students to come to schools.  The poor students should also have access to technical education equally. Students’ dropouts from primary and secondary schools cannot be prevented without collective efforts of all concerned, especially teachers, guardians and community people. Creation of awareness among parents and guardians is also needed.