This is not the story of Vishal alone, many students coming from slum areas do not like to go to school according to the NGOs that are trying to bring slum children to mainstream. One such NGO is 'The Teacher Foundation', whose founder director Maya Menon has come out with some possible reasons behind the increasing rate of drop out.
According to Menon slum kids are not used to a school atmosphere. They need a warmer welcome and special consideration. She said that sometimes, they could be discriminated against in school, or a teacher may have been insensitive to them. Or else, it could just be the drudgery of school.
"For a child from the street, life is definitely more exciting outside than being confined within four walls. A middle-class child would cope with routine life, but not them. If classes are not enjoyable, many drop out in the middle of the year," added Menon.
One of the NGOs 'My Slum Community' that works for the slum kids found out that although these children hate to go to mainstream schools but they love to continue learning from NGOs.
Social workers who work closly with the slum kids have to say that the problem of droping out is mostly seen among older kids, who are first-timers when it comes to school and find it humiliating when they are made to sit in junior classes with younger kids. It has come out that the slum kids feel a lot of stress with regard to studies and other aspects like cleanliness and it has also become one of the reasons they dislike going to school.
What is the solution of this drop out rate among slum kids which is only increasing with each passing day?
The one and the effiective way to cope up with this problem is to make the learning process more interesting. The quality of teaching and learning must be improved. If a good learning material is provided to the schools, then the teachers will love it and children will enjoy it, says the ToI report.