Practical steps to retain students in schools: Addressing dropout concerns in Bangladesh

Practical steps to retain students in schools: Addressing dropout concerns in Bangladesh

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This means that the government's claim of enrolling almost 100 percent children in schools proves to be false.

Government policy-makers claim that education rates are increasing. But non-formal education activities, which were initiated to bring back hundreds of thousands of children who were dropping out at primary, secondary or higher education levels, are now largely at a standstill.

The main reason for students leaving school is poverty. No matter how much school enrollment increases, dropout cannot be stopped unless the families concerned are helped to break out of the vicious cycle of poverty.

Distributing textbooks free of cost is a good initiative of the government but merely distributing textbooks free of cost will not keep students in school. The economic and social situation of students who drop out should also be addressed.

Parents from poor families put their children to work because they are unable to support the family with their income. In such a situation, the government should increase help. This could be in the form of providing food or financially.

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