It is definitely a sad state of affairs when a country’s future generation skips on education or refrains from it. More and more children are dropping out of schools. The reasons for all of them vary howsoever. Some drop out of schools voluntarily while others are forced to do so under dire circumstances. Whatever be the reason, the mere fact that a child is not completing her/his school education is not righteous. Such children many a times fail to be an asset for the nation given their inability to contribute in any way. Very seldom do these students manage to prove the contrary. No reason can be big enough and act as a replacement for school education. It forms the base of a person’s life making them efficient in all disciplines, at least on the optimum level. Here is an insight into the top 10 common reasons why students drop out of school.
- Lack of interest
It is usually found that every class of students has some of those pupils who refuse to show any attention to the subjects being taught. Their lack of interest is caused by their lack of attention in whatever is being taught. It is not that such students do not try. They do try as and when they are forced and pressurized to. But, we very well know harsh persuasive techniques do not last long, they give in after a while. It is then that these students prefer going the other way. They prefer dropping out of their school because once and for all they decide that whatever is being taught there barely intrigues them. Thus they decide to suit themselves.
This is a harsh truth of life. The big bad world out there has several things to offer undoubtedly. Children in their teens, as school students are not well aware of the various facets of the world. They get fascinated by the fancy things that life seems to offer. But every short-cut taken to acquire all those fanciful things is a step ahead towards delinquency. Sometimes willingly and sometimes unknowingly they get caught in its web. Once caught, it becomes impossible to get out of it. Be it petty thefts, buying and selling of porn videos, helping in unethical crimes, it is a host of evil that they get trapped in. School becomes long forgotten after taking up such pursuits.
- Supporting family
It is unfortunate that students have to give up their education in the face of economic reasons. The inability to pay the school fee can be one such reason. Several demanding situations can surface where adolescent children of the family are asked or looked upon as a helping hand to the family. Here, these children are often emotionally led into abandoning their academic life and focus their attention to the family crisis. It is also somewhere because of the notion that more the number of helping hands in a family, the better it is.
- Working in family shops
Children sometimes don’t see the point of continuing with their studies while they have the option of working in their family business. They find working in shops run by family members as more useful and benefitting in comparison to six to seven hours of schooling. It becomes their perfect reason to let go of schooling. A part of their decision is often also fuelled by their family members. This can be avoided by not allowing kids at all to go for such options.
- Constant failure
Some students fail repeatedly, be it in class tests or semester examinations. The constant failure causes the lack of self confidence in them. As and when the failure persists, the lack of self-confidence vanishes. In its space emerges a feeling of being least bothered which is more fatal as compared to the former. Once the person starts to feel disinterested in the consequences any more, then she or he goes for what they feel is the best. They no longer find any logic behind succumbing to the rules and regulations, thereby following what is desired of them. In the face of repeated failures, they give up school education.
- Severe bullying
Kids are not able to communicate their feelings well. And same goes for the adolescents as well. They might be facing extreme humiliation at school and would still not discuss about it. The fear of being judged and laughed at holds them back from coming in the light. They start making excuses from going to school. It is here that parents need to step in and take full action. It is necessary that such cases are investigated thoroughly. The disheartening part is that in some cases the child who is the victim is bullied to such an extent that he prefers dropping out of the school. The parents often end up being baffled in such situations not being able to get to the core of the entire situation.
- Need to support an ailing family member
Not much can be done in such situations for these are sheer tragic moments in life. Tragedies like these have the full potential to destroy the life of the person who is to face it single handedly. More so is the case if the sufferer is a school going child. It is normal for kids to take a little leave to take care of their ailing parent or grandparent who is alone at home without any help. But in some cases that leave escalates into a several weeks and goes on to become months. Before it is realized the one week leave becomes a semester. There is no going back then.
- Grabbing hold of other opportunities
Given the large number of advertising and modeling opportunities for the youngsters, it becomes one of the greatest reasons for them to drop out of schools. The teens from schools go for auditions. It is as if they simply wait for the perfect opportunity to come along and take them away from the hassles of attending school. The chance to enter showbiz becomes so mesmerizing and tantalizing for them that everything else in front of it loses its significance. School life is long forgotten by then and the only idea that circulates in their mind is to grab hold of the next auditioning chance that comes up.
- Too much of academic pressure
The generation today is not very well equipped in combating stressful situations. They resort to alcoholism or substance abuse of any sort to overcome the feeling of excessive anxiety. However not all come down to the level of substance abuse. Students of this sort are not left with many choices to overcome their tension and fear of failing their parents when it comes to their academic performance. Sometimes the pressure escalates to such heights, that the student loses her/his ability to think rationally. She or he becomes more and more vulnerable to panic attacks as a result of being unable to face moments like sitting in an examination hall or while waiting for the results. They break down. Terribly. It is this inability to deal with the debilitating anxiety that they drop out of schools.
- Unable to fit in
Not everyone is able to fit in, in different atmospheres. Some students adapt themselves pretty easily irrespective of the number of schools they change. On the other hand there are some students who won’t be able to cope up even with a single change of school. Their failure at making friends and establishing a good rapport with the teachers makes them feel more like an outsider. Soon, they are bound to give up.
Students need to be stopped from dropping out of schools at all costs. A strong foundation is the most important component for a building to stand upright.