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Dropout rates up in Kanchanpur schools

Himalayan News Service
Students of the Sidhha Baijanath Higher Secondary School in Kanc

Students of the Sidhha Baijanath Higher Secondary School reading in a class sans proper furniture, in Bansaha of Kanchanpur district, on Tuesday, June 14, 2016. Photo: RSS

Dhangadi, October 17

The dropout rate of students in the middle of the academic session has increased in Kanchanpur district of late.

A large number of children in the district, who had enrolled in the primary level, have left their studies half-way.

According to a survey conducted by District Education Office, Kanchanpur, students from poor families, freed kamaiyas, Dalits, badi, landless and disabled kids, among others, have left their studies in the middle of the academic session.

It has been found that around five to ten percent children in the primary level hardly reach the secondary level. Assistant District Education Officer of Kanchanpur, Padam Raj Bhatta, said students left their studies and went to work as labourer in India along with their guardians as soon as they finished primary level education.

“We have demanded scholarship schemes and free meal to students in order to minimise the students’ dropout rate,” informed Bhatta.

Primary class teaching programme has been launched in 261 community schools of the district with the aim to develop reading culture among the students.

Meanwhile, Backward Society Education has provided financial assistance of over Rs 20 million in coordination with the DEO to operate the primary class teaching programme for two years.

Coordinator Tilak Chaudhary of BASE said the programme was launched with the aim of making local guardians responsible towards their wards.

He also informed that tole classes were also being operated in different parts of the district by resource centres, schools and villages level to create learning environment at the students’ houses.

A version of this article appears in print on October 18, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.

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