English and high cost, reasons of EWS dropout from private schools

Communication in English, high fee along with additional cost of extracurricular activities are major reasons of Economically Weaker Section and Disadvantaged Groups’ students drop out from private schools in Delhi.

According to a study by NCPCR, the dropout rate for Economically Weaker Section (EWS) and Disadvantaged Group (DG) students in 2011 was around 26 per cent, which came down to 10 per cent in 2014.

“One of the private school stated that students of EWS/DG category tend to get less support from their immediate family due to which they tend to drop out in case the family has to move back to their hometown,” the report said.

Similar instances of drop out cases where family had stated its relocation to village as the reason for cancellation of admission were common across schools.

Parents have complained that cost of books and extra curricular activity is too high and the reimbursement amount is not enough.

The report assess that one of the major reasons for higher cost of books in private schools is the violation of section 29 (1) of the RTE Act, 2009 i.e. when the curriculum and evaluation procedure laid down by the academic authority is not followed.

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