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.
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.
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.
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.
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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