Purpose:  The objective of this study was;

*  To assess the status of education of sanitation workers’ children;

*  To examine the influence of socio - economic factors on the perception and attitude of  sanitation worker’s children towards education;

*  To discuss the aspiration of these children for their future and develop case study.

Design/methodology/approach:  Total 123 children aged 11-14years were selected from 10 slums in 5 zones of Bhubaneswar city using purposive sampling method. Both quantitative and qualitative information were collected through a semi structured questionnaire, FGDs and case studies to get better insights of the status of education of scavenger’s children. Simple tabular analysis and percentages were used to analyze the field data.

Findings:  The gross enrollment ratio of the sample children was 75. This portrays that universal elementary education till now has fallen far short for the selected sample. Gender parity index was 0.70 that signifies that girl’s status was far worse than boys at present. Parents’ education was the most influential factor for regular attendance of the children in school. Again children of parents with regular job were more permanent in school. Motivation of parents with primary and secondary education had been the key element for regular attendance of the children in classes. Financial bottleneck had been the main cause for student dropouts and children never going to school. Common notion about girl’s adolescence, taking care of siblings, engagement in domestic works were some of the other reasons that had been cited by the girl’s for dropout and absence from the schooling system.

Research limitations/implications:  Considering that only 10 slums have been considered in the concerned study statistical inference might be drawn with caution. Adolescence had been observed as one of the reasons for girl’s dropout and should be explored in more detail in future research.

Implications: Since education among parents encourage school going of their kids; hence holistic child education should be encouraged; so that once grown up they should send their own kids to school.
Purpose:  The objective of this study was;To assess the status of education of sanitation workers’ children;To examine the influence of socio - economic factors on the perception and attitude of  sanitation worker’s children towards education;To discuss the aspiration of these children for their future and develop case study.Design/methodology/approach:  Total 123 children aged 11-14years were selected from 10 slums in 5 zones of Bhubaneswar city using purposive sampling method. Both quantitative and qualitative information were collected through a semi structured questionnaire, FGDs and case studies to get better insights of the status of education of scavenger’s children. Simple tabular analysis and percentages were used to analyze the field data. Findings:  The gross enrollment ratio of the sample children was 75. This portrays that universal elementary education till now has fallen far short for the selected sample. Gender parity index was 0.70 that signifies that girl’s status was far worse than boys at present. Parents’ education was the most influential factor for regular attendance of the children in school. Again children of parents with regular job were more permanent in school. Motivation of parents with primary and secondary education had been the key element for regular attendance of the children in classes. Financial bottleneck had been the main cause for student dropouts and children never going to school. Common notion about girl’s adolescence, taking care of siblings, engagement in domestic works were some of the other reasons that had been cited by the girl’s for dropout and absence from the schooling system. Research limitations/implications:  Considering that only 10 slums have been considered in the concerned study statistical inference might be drawn with caution. Adolescence had been observed as one of the reasons for girl’s dropout and should be explored in more detail in future research.  Implications: Since education among parents encourage school going of their kids; hence holistic child education should be encouraged; so that once grown up they should send their own kids to school.