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The School Dropout Scenario in India is ‘Extremely High’: UNICEF

Mar 14, 2014 11:52 IST

    The UNICEF report on school dropout case in India has brought out shocking figures. More than 80 million children in the country do not complete even their elementary education which is till standard eighth, while eight million youngsters even after successful enrollment are not in touch with school for many years, as revealed by UNICEF, which has claimed the number as ‘extremely high’.

    UNICEF representative to India, Louis-Georges Arsenault, has stated that the dropout is majorly seen high among female students, during the national seminar on India Human Development Report 2011 - Revisiting Polices/Programmes for Women and Children at New Delhi.

     He added that the school dropout scenario is comparatively high in remote and rural areas when compared to cities and urban regions.

    Louis-Georges Arsenault however also pointed that albeit the state of school dropouts in India was "significant", but it cannot be called worse, while talking further about quality of pedagogy as one of the reasons for children dropping out of Educational institutions.

    He described that the students who fail to complete their education till class 8 in India due to dropout or other conditions, are categorized under those who do not complete even the full cycle of elementary education, according to him.

    Among other problems with children in India, he also discussed about Malnutrition. Arsenault noted that the Malnutrition issue widely prevalent in Indian children could not be addressed only with food.

    He said as roughly 50% children in India are still malnourished, this problem can be addressed by incorporating more comprehensive approach towards nutrition and not just food.

    Santosh Mehrotra, Director General, Institute of Applied Manpower Research, Planning Commission laid emphasis on the importance and need for estimating the nutrition rates among children and adults once in every two years.

    The launch of the Human Development Report in Hindi was also seen during the event.

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