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About half of India’s children, aged between 6 and 14, do not go to school. About 5.5 crore children work in factories, cottage industry units and in the agricultural sector.
It has been said often enough that_proverty. keeps most children out of school. They are forced to work to support their families instead of 0 Picking up an education. But, more important an obstacle perhaps, is to do with the anomalies in the school system. Many children say they reject school because of the harsh and indifferent attitude of teachers, the corporal punishment employed for under-achievers and first generation learners.
Says Rita Pinto, director of Butterflies, a group working with street children in New Delhi, “The majority of dropouts would have liked to continue school and get vocational training. Most of these children say they leave mainly because schooling is boring and irrelevant. The teachers are disciplinarians, who try to control them. They beat them, so the children end up not going to school at all. Teachers also refuse to re-enrol drop-outs who belong to the working class, saying they are smelly and dirty.”
Lower middle-class parents complain that these schools are not seriously interested in teaching the children of the poor. Says one, “We know learning is a good thing. We want to educate our children. But we are illiterate and can’t teach them ourselves. And the teachers don’t teach either. Sometimes a whole session passes without a single page of copy work being corrected. So our children fail or drop out, or we are forced to withdraw them, to send them out to work. Working is better than not studying in school.”

Complete the following statements by selecting the most appropriate options from the ones given below

1. The main factor which forces children out of school is

   (a) unemployment                          (b) employment

 (c) population                                    (d) poverty

2. Many children reject school because of

 (a) the harsh and indifferent attitude of teachers    

(b) the harsh and different attitude of teachers

(c) the harsh and difference in attitude of teachers   

(d) the harsh and differentiate of teachers

3. Working is better than

(a) not reading in school                          

(b) not studying in school

(c) not learning in school                            

(d) not studying at home

4. Illiterate parents cannot

(a) read themselves                               

(b) teach their children themselves

(c) write themselves                                

(d) learn their children themselves

5. Instead of getting an education, most children are forced to

 (a) work to add their family                     

(b) work by their family

(c) work to support their family               

(d) work by their factory

6. Majority of dropouts would have liked to

(a) discontinue school and get vocational training

 (b) continue school and get vocational training

 (c) continue school and get training

(d) continue school and get vocational training

7. The word which means ‘hindrance’ is

 (a) obstacle                               (b) anomalies

(c) corporal                                (d) illiterate


1. (d) poverty

2.(a) the harsh and indifferent attitude of teachers

3.(b) not studying in school

4.(b) teach their children themes

5.(c) work to support their family

6.(d) continue school and get vocational training

7.(a) obstacle

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