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CLMS Screening Study

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The study found child labor prevalent among teenagers aged 14–17, with 97.8% being males. Physical impairments were common, and most were in mainstream industries like construction, welding, and auto workshops. Due to financial difficulties, many were poor. Moreover, the majority of child laborers are male, with 17.2% reporting disabilities. The majority of child laborers are mainstream, concentrated in hazardous industries like automobile workshops and construction. A significant portion of child laborers earn below 100 TK daily, indicating low-income conditions. The majority work 8 hours per day, with 17.9% working more than 8 hours. Child labour is most prevalent among very young children. Advanced classes observe high dropout rates, highlighting a critical transition point in the education system. Family requirements and parental choice are significant reasons for children to engage in domestic work. The highest expenditure segment for families is food, followed by loan recovery.