Solving the Problem of School Dropout
In the first phase, 1994-98, the dropout rate was brought down by 32%. 2048 out of 6400 children who would have dropped out were retained in school. Over the years, the project has arrested several thousand potential dropouts, maybe about 5000. By extrapolating the transition rate from primary to middle school, middle school to secondary school, and school completion rate, it is possible that more than 2000 students have completed secondary schooling who would have otherwise dropped out dropouts. At a minimum of 10% high performance, more than 200 students have gone into higher and professional education who would have otherwise dropped out but for this intervention.
Arresting school dropouts also has multiple social benefits.