Significant risk factors of dropping out of school
Lack of parental support and encouragement, teenage pregnancy and financial difficulties are several reasons which influence school dropout. One rainy morning on my way to work, I stopped at the traffic-light where I noticed a little girl, at the side of the road, crouching under a mango-tree. I drove a few meters away parked my car and investigated why she was there. I later found out that she was a school dropout all because of her becoming pregnant. There are several influencing factors which contribute to school dropout. Teenage pregnancy is a major cause for girls dropping out of school because of the fear of being judged and the school’s system being unable to cater for pregnant students. Students who lacked parental support and encouragement were most likely to become school dropouts; this is due to a lack of parental involvement and because the parents were school dropout themselves, so they did not have that academic background to help guide their children. Financial difficulty also contributes to dropping out of school because of low socio-economic status. Teenage pregnancy is one of the highest ranked factor influencing school dropout among students (Ingle, 2012; Sheehy, 2012). Teenage students because of their active sex life, after becoming pregnant dropout of school because of the fear and stigma attached to teen pregnancy. Teens are often not given the moral support, as well as financial support when they become pregnant, with no one to turn to students who are faced with this dilemma dropout of school. This factor coupled with the school’s inability to cater for pregnant teens influences the dropout rate amongst teens significantly. A lack of parental support and encouragement is another major factor influencing school dropout (Sheehy, 2012). Dropping out of school due to a lack of parental support and encouragement happens because parents were often too busy with their own...
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