ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Revisiting Dropouts

While progress in improving literacy in India has been remarkable, the phenomenon of school dropouts has remained a blot in the face of an otherwise commendable performance. Dropout rates have undoubtedly come down but are still high enough for us to sit up and take notice. Sex differentials have also reduced. But rates for females have consistently remained above those of males. Since dropping out is a worldwide phenomenon, the issue has been the subject of intense analysis and factors influencing such an outcome have been widely discussed. However, not much is known on how these factors play themselves in the north-eastern part of our country. Additionally, two fresh issues are also examined, viz, familial duties and parental bonding, insofar as their influence on school discontinuance is concerned.

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