Girls’ education - causes for dropout of adolescents

Stephen, Cynthia (2014) Girls’ education - causes for dropout of adolescents. Learning Curve (23). pp. 37-39.

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Many states in India have made impressive strides to ensure that children, especially girls, go to school and stay there for as long as possible. In Karnataka, thousands of socially vulnerable girls study at the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) residential schools in over 70 taluks, completing 8th standard and then moving to regular schools or to the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) residential schools under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, one of the largest social sector initiatives. But is this sufficient? Why do girls continue to drop out of school? Recent research shows that in Karnataka over 30% of girls are married before the age of 18, despite efforts by both Government and civil society to promote higher age at marriage, build awareness on the huge disadvantages of child marriage to the individual, family and society, empower child protection systems by appointing, training and equipping child protection officers and local government bodies with laws and powers to prevent child marriage.

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Stephen, Cynthia
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Education, Elementary education, Early childhood education
Subjects: Social sciences > Education
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > Learning Curve
Full Text Status: Public
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