Challenges Faced By an NGO in Retaining Public School Students: A Case Study


  • Irfan Sheikh Greenwich University
  • Muhammad Asif Khan Head, Department of Humanities Greenwich University, Karachi Pakistan
  • Victoria Joseph Head, Department of Education Greenwich University, Karachi Pakistan
  • Tahira Tariq Assistant Professor, Department of Media Studies Greenwich University, Karachi Pakistan
  • Anila Jamshed Lecturer, Department of Education Federal Urdu University of Arts Science & Technology, Karachi Pakistan



Dropout, NGO, public schools, malnutrition, administrative issues


The current study investigated the opportunities to overcome the high dropout rate from public schools. One of the public schools, which was transformed into a model school by a prominent NGO of Pakistan, was selected for the collection of data. Realizing the need to get an in-depth knowledge of the issue, qualitative study was conducted. Case study approach was used, observations and interviews were employed. Using semi structured questionnaires, interviews of administration, teachers and students were conducted. Lack of facilities at schools, poverty, illiteracy of parents, absenteeism etc. were found significant challenges in retaining students at school. The situation can be overcome by providing neat and clean environment, spacious classrooms and better furniture, well equipped labs and libraries, high quality sports and art facilities, separate toilet facilities for boys and girls and cafeteria for healthy diet or nutrition.