2nd Mar 2022 11:03:PM Editorials
Eastern Sentinel Arunachal News

The Changlang District Administration re-introducing the “Poorna Shiksha” initiative in the district, in an effort to encourage dropout students to continue their education is truly commendable. The initiative is the brainchild of Deputy Commissioner Changlang, Dr. Devansh Yadav who took the challenge to eradicate illiteracy as well as minimize the dropout ratio in the district. More than 269 dropout students from the district will get benefits under the second phase of the Poorna Shiksha initiative where they will get financial support as well as other required assistance to pursue their studies in the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS).
According to the National Statistical Office (NSO) survey conducted in July 2021, one out of every eight students enrolled in a school or college drops out before completing their education, and over 62 percent of all dropouts occur at the school level. 62.9 percent of all dropouts occur in high school. There are various factors contributing to student dropout. Help in domestic work, economic condition, and lack of interest are the topmost causes of discontinuing education. Safety concerns and sanitary problems due to poor school facilities push girls to quit education, the survey found.
Students’ dropping out of school is a great waste. Not only do many students leave school without acquiring basic skills, but their premature departure represents a significant waste of scarce education resources. It also reflects disillusionment with the education system and calls for introspection by the government and the administrations.
The state government must conduct awareness camps in cities, towns and villages to expose the hazards of illiteracy and unemployment. Since the NSO survey clearly shows that the rate of dropout is lowest after the post-secondary level, authorities and parents must make the effort to get every child across this threshold. Parents must also prioritize girls’ education and not consider them as a liability. Schools must also identify students who are at risk of dropping out, and focus on individuals who struggle to perform well. Timely counseling and an empathetic school management can greatly help struggling students from opting out and completing their education.
Education enables one to achieve a better job or means of self-employment, and climb out of intergenerational poverty. Even though the results are slow but sure results will follow. Society must work together to keep children in school against all odds.

Kenter Joya Riba

(Managing Editor)
      She is a graduate in Science with post graduation in Sociology from University of Pune. She has been in the media industry for nearly a decade. Before turning to print business, she has been associated with radio and television.
Email: kenterjoyaz@easternsentinel.in / editoreasternsentinel@gmail.com
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