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Reflections of the Parents of Dropout Children: A Qualitative Study
AbstractBasic Education is compulsory in Pakistan by law and all the education policies from the birth of Pakistan endorse free basic education. Now the question is that, can they attain their objectives in time? Instead of taking many effective initiatives by the government, Pakistan is unable to cop this situation due to many reasons. This study explores the reflections of seventy five dropout children parents by documenting their voices. Cultural, demographic, psychological, socioeconomic factors and policy barriers emerged from the thematic analysis of semi structured interviews by NVivo 11 plus. Illiteracy, poverty, distance, teachers’ behaviour, subject and language problem, and policy structure and organization become the major causes to leave school. The description of parents towards dropout children problems helped the researchers to design new interventions in the form of policy implications, which would keep up the literacy rate, retention of children in schools and quality of education.
- Farzana Yousaf
- Lecturer, University of Education, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan