25,000 students did not return to school in Feni, absenteeism is increasing for fear of arrears

Although Corona opened an educational institution later, 25,482 students did not return to school in Feni. Among them, there are 23,418 students in higher secondary and 2,045 students in primary level.

According to sources, there are 195 higher secondary schools, 100 Dakhil Madrasas and 559 government primary schools in the district. Three lakh 29 thousand 104 students were studying in these educational institutions before the closure of Corona. As corona risk is reduced, the education department prepares a report on missing students from September 12 this year to October 10 after all educational institutions reopen.

According to the report, the issue of absence of 23,417 students at the higher secondary level in the district came up. Of these, 2,008 are SSC candidates. At the same time, 2,045 students were reported missing from 559 primary schools in the district.

According to the report, the attendance rate of eighth and ninth class students in the district is gradually increasing. But the rate of absenteeism in the sixth and seventh classes is not increasing.

According to the District Education Office, the number of absences is increasing due to the closure of educational institutions for a long time and the lack of employment, change of family status, child marriage and payment of school arrears. However, the education department is trying to contact the student’s family including home visit to determine the real cause and number of absences.

The drop-out list of Anwara Begum Adarsh ​​Balika High School in Pathannagar union of Chagalnaiya upazila of the district shows that before Corona, there were 21 students in the sixth class of this school. After the school opened, that number dropped to 13. In the seventh class of the same school, the number of attendance increased from 26 to 19 students.

In Daganbhuiyan Upazila, if there were 5,600 students in the sixth class, then after coronation it came to 4,060. At least 15 percent students are absent in this class till now. In the same class, out of 1,839 students in Parashuram, 246 did not return to school. However, the number of students dropping out in Sonagazi is comparatively less than other upazilas of the district.

Concerned people said that 11 thousand 415 students in 65 high schools of Feni Sadar Upazila and two thousand 506 students in 23 Dakhil Madrasas did not return to school later. Similarly, 2,636 students in 30 schools of Chagalnaiya, 321 students in 22 schools of Fulgazi, 1,006 students in Sonagazi, 3,349 students in Daganbhuna and 1,219 students in Parshuram Upazila have been absent from school since then. At the same time, 2,045 students are absent in 559 government primary schools of the district.

One parent, speaking on condition of anonymity, said three boys and girls study at a school in Feni. During my stay in Corona, I moved to a village home to cut down on family expenses. After opening the school, I came to know that there is arrears of 25 thousand rupees. The children were not sent to school as it was not possible to raise so much money at once. In the new academic year, I will enroll them in other schools in the city and rent new houses.

A teacher by the name of Tania Sultana said that due to the closure of the school for a long time, some students have been admitted in the madrasas built in the neighborhood. Due to declining family income, some students have left the city for rural areas due to financial uncertainty. Again, someone has come to work to provide financial support to the family. Many teenagers have been married during the Corona period. Due to these reasons, the dropout rate in educational institutions has increased.

District Primary Education Officer. Nurul Islam said that more than two thousand students are missing in the primary stage. Initiatives have been taken to return them to school after ascertaining the reasons for their absence. District Secondary Education Officer Kazi Salim Ullah said the information obtained from different upazilas could not be said to be completely accurate. Attendance rates at Corona’s next educational institution are increasing.

(Dhaka Times / 7 January / KM)

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