The high costs of living in combination with the increased fees imposed by the school administrations in Omdurman’s populated districts of Ombadda
and El Thawraat are causing despair among many parents.
About 50 percent of the students who do attend school cannot read or write because they have been deprived of preschool education.
The dropouts may become homeless or even thieves.
Ministry of General Education acknowledged an increase in school dropouts in some areas because of poverty and destitution.
In November the Sudanese government implemented a series of austerity measures and as a result, the prices of fuel and imported commodities began to soar in an unprecedented way. The prices of medicines doubled, and in some cases even tripled.
In Kassala State more than half of all children now fall outside the educational process, according to statistics released by the administration of public educational planning in the state.
According to official statistics the Commissioner of Kassala rural area locality, says the basic school dropout rate has increased by 84 %.
He says that while classes in the first year can number between 40 and 50 students, these have dwindled to only four students by the eighth class. He attributes the rise in dropout rate to economic reasons.
People of Kassala have complained about the increasing dropout rate from schools, as well as child labour. They say that the children who drop out of school often end up on the streets selling plastic bags, shining shoes, or cleaning vehicles for a living.
They attribute child labour and school dropouts to the rise in poverty, monthly tuition fees, and limitation of the income of students’ families.
In Red Sea state, the state food-for-education projects which were initiated by the state a few years ago have been declared a failure.
The irregularity of delivery of food to the students in schools in rural localities has led to the students’ dropping out from their studies, in addition to the deterioration of the school environment and lack of teachers and rehabilitation.
One of the options in this regard is the return to the boarding- houses system in the nine Red Sea localities except for Port Sudan.
Recently, Federal Minister of General Education, Suad Abdul Raziq, acknowledged an increase in school drop-outs in some areas because of poverty and destitution.
It is high time for the concerned officials to organize workshops, conduct studies to stop the current rise of school dropout