LAHORE: Pakistan Association for Difficulties in Learning (PADIL) President Ashba Kamran has asked the government to take steps to stop the increasing number of school dropouts. In a statement, she said thousands of students drop out because they face mental incapacities. These include the attention deficit disorder (ADD), the attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), dyslexia and dysgraphia, she said. She said that independent surveys suggested that around 30 per cent of the school going children dropped out every year. She said the students dropped out since they were unable to cope. “Such students need remedial education, which public sector schools do not provide,” she said. Kamran said all such students should be educated through Special Education Needs (SENs) programmes. She suggested that students undergo testing by psychiatrists.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 20th, 2012.