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Title: Reasons for school drop out among dalit children and provision s for re-schooling under RTE-2009: A case study from Jharkhand
Authors: Kumar, Randhir
Keywords: Leena Abraham
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: TISS
Abstract: Post independent India has witnessed many changes in Indian society directly or indirectly impacting every one’s life. However, the situation of the scheduled caste people has not improved to a great extent as compared with most of the upper caste groups. They continue to be socially and economically backward as before. They work hard and earn less, and they experience discrimination in their everyday life. Although access to schooling has increased for the SCs, retention and completion of schooling are major issues for them. This field attachment explores the reasons for their drop out from primary school in remote rural areas and to see if the governments new Right to Education Act will address the issue of their drop out.The study was conducted among the Dushad community in the Bedani Khurd village of Palamudistrict in Jharkhand. The SCs in Jharkhand are predominantly rural as 81.1 percent of them reside in villages. At the district level, In Plamu the SCs are the second highest group (25.7 percent) and Dusadhs are the second highest population among the schedule caste communities in Jharkhand. Poverty, caste and gender discrimination along with poor quality school infrastructure and poor quality teaching were found to be the reasons for drop out among the Dushads.Jharkhand state will have to make necessary provisions to address the needs of these children while implementing the RTE.
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