Families In The YSR Colony In Vijayawada Keep Their Girls Away From School
The central government has implemented multiple schemes such as Beti Bachao, Beti Padao, Badi Pilustondi, and Kishori Vikasam to ensure girls from all across the country receive education and live a better life. However, instances of empty benches in various government girls schools are daunting the government.
Recently it was found out that YSR colony, in Vijayawada, which houses more than 100 Gujarati families do not send girls to school, The Hindu reported.
The families belong from different districts in Gujarat and have settled in the state of Andhra Pradesh for quite a long time. These 100 families were shifted to the government constructed YSR colony a few years back. Previous to that, around 300 families were dwelling in the colony.
The government officials overseeing the colony said that the parents only sent boys to the schools. The girls are made to do domestic work and stitching after they turn 10. It was found that even the number of school dropouts among boys were high.
In the colony, there is a high school, an elementary school, and an NCLP School (Special Training Centre). A school staff requesting anonymity told The Hindu that despite having schools in the area, parents do not send their adolescent daughters to the high schools.
The Gujarati families who earn their livelihood by selling clothes admit their children in primary sections. However, once a girl reaches higher classes, they are taken out from the school, said a school teacher from the area.
D. Anjaneya Reddy, Project Director of National Child Labour Project, said the girls who are in classes three, four, and five are enrolled in the NCLP school in the colony.
Mr Reddy further pointed out that due to tradition in their families and a growing crime rate against women, the girl students are prevented from sending their daughters to the schools. He also added that increasing cases of romantic affairs among youngsters made these parents reluctant to send their girls to schools.
The NCLP staffs are knocking every door in the colony to spread the importance of education.
One of the family members Bhanu (name changed) told The Hindu that they purchase used clothes, wash them, and then restitch them before selling them. He said women in the families provide a helping hand to the male members in the process. An NGO member has said that elders in the families do not encourage education among girl child, which results in child marriages.
One of the girl from the colony said that she and her sister used to go to school together. However, after her sister passed the fifth class last year, her parents withdrew her admission from the school as well.