Mentoring, engagement crucial to reduce dropouts

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Myanmar still finds itself lagging far behind many of its Asian neighbours in terms of education, let alone use of modern technology.
Researchers have pointed out some major factors linked to young students dropping out of school. These included lower incomes, unemployment, poor school performance, persistent lower grades and disengagement from school. According to the researchers, students born to families with meagre incomes were more likely to drop out of school than students from well-to-do families.
It is widely accepted that higher dropout rates and higher crime rates go hand in hand. This highlights the importance of preventing early dropouts and the need to identify what causes students to leave school early and understand the characteristics and lives of students at risk of leaving school. Undeniably, it is hard to pinpoint the underlying factors relevant to young dropouts.
Typical complaints from dropouts are found to be connected primarily with school disengagement stemming from uninteresting classes and their family backgrounds. Most students who drop out of school do so in order to support their families. Some educationists have suggested school curricula and pedagogy need to reflect students’ interests and arouse their curiosity, and that engaging and motivating classroom activities will probably reduce dropout rates.
It is therefore imperative to inform parents about the importance of education in modern society and encourage them to get actively involved in their children’s schooling. All in all, close mentoring of students at risk of leaving school, as well as monitoring of their out-of-school problems, will be able to reduce their chances of dropping out.

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