Out of School Children And Give Up a National Crisis: UNICEF

With eight million children never having stepped inside a school and 80 million dropping out without completing necessary schooling, the United Nations Children’s Fund has described the situation as a national emergency and called for equipping the government and civil society to realize the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009. 

According to Louis-Georges Arsenault UNICEF Representative in India, There has been growth in implementation of the Act in the past three years but children are still dropping out, not for labour, but since they are not learning anything in schools.

13 per cent of students did not transfer from the primary to upper primary level and there was not much on offer for emigrant children, and dropouts who wanted to rejoin school, though the Act did provide for bridge courses. 

Real work had to be done on teacher quality, classroom teaching, effective school functioning and improved school managing in the coming two years.

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