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Coimbatore City Police helped 173 dropouts rejoin schools

Coimbatore City Police helped 173 dropouts rejoin schools

The Covid pandemic not only took many lives in its trail of tears but also forced many children from poor families to drop out of school. Monisha (name changed) had to discontinue her studies at Class IX at the Cloth Merchants Association Government Higher Secondary School at Raja Street in the city after the outbreak of the pandemic. Dejected by her alcoholic husband, Monisha’s mother eloped with another man. Since then, the 15-year-old girl has been confined to her house at Theppakulam Maidan.

Luckily, RS Puram special sub-inspector C Latha came as a beacon of hope in Monisha’s life. “I visited Theppakulam Maidan near Flower Market to investigate a family quarrel. While returning, I noticed the girl coming out of her house. I questioned her why she was at home and not at school during the morning hours. The girl informed me about her parents and the reason behind her dropping her studies. It took me three days to explain the importance of education and convince her to rejoin the school,” Latha said. Monisha was enrolled in Class X in a corporation higher secondary school.

“With the help of Juvenile Aid Police (JAP) of Coimbatore, we provided uniforms and shoes and other needs to the minor girl. She was so happy. We admitted her to the school on June 15, 2023.

The girl’s mother reunited with her, who is now focusing on her studies,” Latha said. Similarly, Latha helped a 17-year-old girl, who discontinued Class XI two months ago, to rejoin the Corporation Girls Higher Secondary School at RS Puram in the same class. “I visited the girl’s residence located at Kuvundampalayam. The girl’s mother, a temporary sanitary worker in the city municipal corporation, used to leave the house around 5am for work. Her father was a drunkard. The girl takes care of cooking and other household chores while her sister and brother go to school. I spoke with the parents and advised them to help the girl to complete her schooling. The parents agreed and allowed the girl to continue her schooling,” Latha said.

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Since June, the city police have helped 173 dropouts to rejoin schools. Coimbatore city police commissioner V Balakrishnan said, “As many as 1,03,860 boys and 1,05,474 girls are studying in 357 schools in the city limits. We collected the details of school dropouts. We found out that 324 children had dropped out of schools.” “Our women help desk officers met 250 school dropouts and their parents in person from June to August 25, 2023,” he added. “Our officers made 90 boys and 83 girls to rejoin in schools. Most of the dropouts were from poor families. We are also giving guidance to the dropout students to pursue their education,” Balakrishnan said.

 

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