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Cost of Curricular Activites In Schools Force Dropouts In Students

According to a study, hurdles in learning english and the cost of extra-curricular activities are among the major reasons why poor students drop out of private schools in Delhi

The rising cost of extra expenditures in school education burns a big hole in the pocket of the parents. The extra-curricular activities nowadays cost more than the education cost in the schools.     

According to a study, hurdles in learning english and the cost of extra-curricular activities are among the major reasons why poor students drop out of private schools in Delhi.

Inadequate reimbursement on education expenditures also led to the dropout rate of students from economically weaker sections and disadvantaged groups, the survey by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights said.

While the dropout rate came down to 10 percent in 2014 from around 26 percent in 2011, there has not been much change since then, said the study. The study for protection of child rights was based on data submitted by 650 schools across Delhi on year-wise dropout rates.

Children left school because parents found the cost of books and extra-curricular too steep. The study also flagged concern over another trend -- that schools had no clarity on steps to follow when a poor category student left or did not join school.

According to the guideline of the Directorate of Education, all schools are allotted Rs 1,598 per EWS student per month as tuition fee reimbursement. For books and uniforms, all schools are expected to fill in details of the expenditure incurred and submit them to the DoE.

Parents have complained that the cost of books and extra-curricular activity is too high and the reimbursement amount is not enough, the study said.

The NCPCR also suggested that the medium of instruction should as far as possible be a child's mother tongue and schools should make efforts for multilingual teaching, besides ensuring that schools prescribe low-cost NCERT books.




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