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Journal of Empirical Studies

September 2015, Volume 2, 3, pp 40-46

Opinion of Parents about Child Labour and Their Education – A Study

Aasif Hussain Nengroo


Ghulam Muhammad Bhat

Aasif Hussain Nengroo 1
Ghulam Muhammad Bhat 2

  1. Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Central University of Kashmir, J&K, India 1

  2. Head, Department of Economics and Dean School of Social Sciences, Central University of Kashmir 2

Pages: 40-46

DOI: 10.18488/journal.66/2015.2.3/

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Much research has been done about the determinants of child labour, both at the national and international level but unfortunately very less research has been done about parents’ opinion on child labour and their education. In order to fill this gap we have done a household survey in Kashmir valley and have identified 88 parents whose young blood is working for the fortitude of their family. Our study found that adverse social and economic conditions force parents to engage their children in the labour market, notwithstanding their altruistic attitude towards their children for a while. We also observed that parents expect that it is the government that should play a pivotal role in the education of working children.

Contribution/ Originality
The paper is first of its kind where we have tried to investigate various issues of child labour from the main actors who are actually taking the decision of their children whether they should work or join the school. We find even though majority of parents are altruistic towards their children but due to certain socio economic circumstances they are forced to engage their young blood in the labour market. If these families will be financially supported equal to what their children are earning from labour market they are ready to enrol their wards in schools and in this way the child labour problem in the study area will be reduced.



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  2. Nengroo, A., B. Khan and A.S. Bhat, 2012. Child labor in the carpet industry of Kashmir-an empirical study. Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing.
  3. Nengroo, A.H., B.A. Khan and A.S. Bhat, 2011. An empirical analysis of the child labor in the carpet industry of Kashmir: Some major findings. Journal of Education and Practice, 2(4): 66-72.
  4. Sanon, C.S., 1998. Working children: A sociological analysis. New Delhi: APH Publishing.


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