82.65pc never attended school: study

Staff Correspondent | Published at 12:40am on October 29, 2019

More than half of the child domestic workers and three-fourth of child transport workers do not afford the opportunity to attend school, revealed a study on Monday. 

The study says that a total of 58.73 per cent of child domestic workers and 82.65 per cent of child transport workers in the capital city never attended school.

The study conducted in 15 police stations in Dhaka also found that about 83.27 per cent child domestic workers and 86.11 per cent child transport workers never had proper access to healthcare services.

The researchers from Education and Development Foundation conducted the three-month study from April to assess ‘child labour situation in domestic and transport sector in the Dhaka city’ under a project named ‘options for dignity of human being by influencing key actors to reform.’

Sharing the findings at a function in the city, EDUCO consultant Sharfuddin Khan said that at least 46.94 per cent child workers in domestic sector were found to be subjected to physical injury while 35.51 per cent suffered mental problems.

In transport sector, 64.04 per cent were at risk of physical injury and 36.99 per cent suffered from depression, he added.

The study mentioned that 34.5 crore working children in Bangladesh, 12.8 lakh were engaged in hazardous work.

Chairman of parliamentary standing committee on labour and employment ministry Md Mujibul Haque said, ‘We have to ensure education and proper healthcare while eliminating feudal and oppressive mindset.’

Sharfuddin said EDUCO would work to eliminate child labour aiming at achieving sustainable development goals.

EDUCO country director Johny M Sarker also spoke on the occasion.