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Student Retention: How To Control Dropouts?

Written by: Anil Paul

What is it about dropping out? Why do we have drop outs? How can educators or teachers or parents prevent it from increasing?

The question points to the education system as a whole; corresponding to the students, teachers and the society in general.

In most cases, the real life instances would mount up to destroy the student's urge to study. They may see no relation between the 'real' life and the academic life; often leading to boredom and depreciation of self-interest in education.

In some cases, youngsters feel disregarded and disconnected from their teachers, peers and other people at school/college, for various reasons unknown. Such an act disqualifies their desire to learn in an educational set up, altogether.

Student Retention: How To Control Dropouts?

Arguably, in a fewer cases, it has got to do with the limitation of resources to meet the complex academic needs and emotional challenges of the youth.

The vulnerable state of students who are dropouts, most likely lead them to unchanging lifestyles such as poorer health as adults, lesser salary, illegal practices, unethical means of doing business, committing crimes and ending up in jail and so on; impacting the social and economic sectors of the country as a whole.

Nevertheless, there are ways to study the behavioural pattern of such students. Teachers and parents can support and contribute in identifying such cases, and take necessary actions to prevent more number of dropouts.

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