• 1 in 4 children of school-going age is out of school in our country - 99 million children in total have dropped out of school. (Census 2011)
  • Out of every 100 children, only 32 children finish their school education age appropriately. (District Information System for Education (DISE) 2014-15)
  • Only 2% of the schools offer complete school education from Class 1 to Class 12. (District Information System for Education (DISE) 2014-15)
  • There are 10.13 million child labourers between 5-14 years in India. (Census 2011)
  • The Census 2011 data for children in labour, states that 6.5 million children in India in the age group of 5 to 14 years work in agriculture and household industries. This makes a staggering 64.1% of child labourers in this age group.
  • India has 33 million working children between the ages of 5-18 years. In parts of the country, more than half the child population is engaged in labour. (Census 2011)
  • Fear of failure in examinations in the second highest cause of suicides in children. (Accidents and Suicide Deaths in India (ASDI) 2014)
  • India has more than 4.5 lakh girls under 15 years of age who are married with children. Out of these, 70% of the girls have 2 children. (Census 2011)
  • 1.4 million child labourers in India in the age group of 7-14 years cannot write their names. This means one in three child labourers in the said age group are illiterate. (Census 2011)

Reasons causing the dropouts:

No nearby schools
For many children, their reason for dropping out is simple. The village school is just too far. Parents, worried for their safety, prefer to have them stay at home than risk travelling the distance alone. Also, during monsoons, roads often get flooded and therefore children cannot travel to school.

Child labour
Facing abject poverty, parents often resort to sending their children to work, ending their hopes of finishing school. This makes them bound to labour, with no hope of ever being independent. One of the key observations is that many children start migrating with their families at this age due to lack of proper jobs or employment in their villages.

Discrimination
Some families that can afford to send their children to school favor their sons over daughters, causing girls to stay at home while their brothers attend school.

No toilets
Lack of separate toilets for boys and girls is one of the leading causes for girls to drop out. The discomfort of sharing a toilet with their fellow classmates and teachers often compels them to give up on school altogether.

Early marriage
In India, families live with modest means, and their child’s education is never a priority. Marriage is. And since marriage brings the burden of rearing a family, children are forced to drop out of school.

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