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Economic pressure exacerbates college dropout rate

Islamabad, March 06, 2008: The dropout rate in different colleges of the federal capital has reached five percent, as the prevailing price-hike has multiplied the financial problems of students.

Teachers of various colleges said it had become very difficult for many students to continue their studies because their parents were becoming unable to meet their educational expenditures due to growing inflation in the country.

They said the financial crisis had confronted the students with many problems including dealing with academic tasks, friendship, family and social issues.

Prof Dr Sallahuddin of Federal Government College for Men H-9 Islamabad, said financial stress was often resulting in difficulties in academic or learning process, bunking off classes, lack of motivation in studies and poor academic performance.

He said this stress was also creating problems in conduct and interpersonal relationship with family, friends and teachers. He said such students were heading towards a tendency to violate college discipline and bunk off their institutions.

He said during counselling it was learnt that many of the students were confronting academic problems due to financial crisis.

He said 60 per cent of such students belonged to those families which were facing financial crunch.

He said dropout rate of students had reached to five percent, as their parents were unable to meet their expenditures.

Prof Salman Basit, Federal Government Postgraduate College for Men, H-8, Islamabad, said anxiety and depression; tendency towards withdrawal from participation in social, academic and family activities; moodiness and withdrawal into isolation were becoming common among students.

He said financial stress was also causing anti-social behaviour such as lying, cheating, stealing and similar immoral conducts among the students. He said attention of parents towards their children was equally important to deal with such problems.

He said the overall environment was also affecting the studies of students. Transporters behaviour towards students was also developing a tendency towards anger and violence among them, he added

Prof Dr Abdul Latif, principal, Federal Government Postgraduate College for Men H-8, Islamabad, said students enrolled in federal government colleges were mostly from middle or lower middle class families.

He said the colleges were charging a nominal fee, but even then parents were unable to support their children to continue their studies and provide them day-to-day expenditures.

"Delay in provision of required things pertaining to their studies causes stress among students, which lead to their lack of motivation in studies," he said.

Prof Dr Muhmmad Rashid Azim said students' problems related to their education were being addressed at the colleges.

He said counsellors were helping students so that they could regain their emotional balance, motivation and a sense of direction in their lives. Daily Times
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