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47,000 child marriages take place last year

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  • 16 August, 2022 12:00 AM
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47,000 child marriages take place last year

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The country witnessed 47,414 child marriages in 2021 during the coronavirus pandemic while some 4,81,055 students in 11,679 secondary schools did not participate in the final examinations.

The findings have come up in the report by the Monitoring and Evaluation Wing of the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education sent to the media on Monday.

According to the report, at least 77,706 students got involved in child labour during this period.

Information was collected from 11,679 secondary schools in the country. Currently, there are 20,294 secondary schools in the country. It means some 8,615 institutions did not send their information.

The report says that a total of 65,56,536 students were enrolled in secondary level in 2020. Among them, 2,96,246 were boys and 35,94,491 girls.

In 2021, the number of students enrolled at secondary level increased to 66,49,538. Among them, 33,21,233 were boys and 36,28,305 were girls.

According to the data received, the total number of students increased by 93,002 compared to 2020 during the pandemic.

It is said that 61,68,483 students participated in the final examinations in 2021. Among them, 28,05,791 were boys and 33,62,692 were girls. The number of students absent in the examination was 4,81,055, which is 7.23 percent of the total students.

The report said some 47,414 students were absent in the examination due to child marriage, 77,706 students did not appear in the examination due to involvement in child labour and 3,55,935 students did not appear on other grounds.

According to the report, among the nine regions of the country, the rate of absentees in final examinations was lowest in Mymensingh and Barishal regions.

In Mymensingh, some 8.93 percent students were absent from the final exams and the rate was 6.62 percent in Barisal.

With a rate of 15.82 percent the rate of student absenteeism due to child marriage was the highest in Rajshahi region and lowest in Sylhet with a rate of 4.30 percent.

 Absence rate of students due to child labour was highest in Rajshahi region and lowest in Chattogram. Some 18.80 percent students left schools in Rajshahi after getting involved in jobs while in Chattogram around 12.68 percent students missed final examinations for the same reasons, the report added.        Earlier, the gender justice and diversity department of Brac found that child marriage increased by 13 percent when it conducted a survey to access the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on women and adolescents in 11 districts across the country in 2020.

It is to be mentioned that the first corona patient was detected in the country on March 8 in 2020. Physical classes and examinations were suspended in educational institutions on March 17 the same year.

Conducting classes physically started in September 2021 after the closure of educational institutions for almost one and a half years.

However, the report prepared by the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education hasn’t made any recommendations about how to handle such situation in future or strategy to make sure return of the students who left schools.