‘Over 80,000 street children deprived of education’

More than 80,000 street children in the state’s urban areas are not going to school and around 25,000 of them are from Ahmedabad,according to a survey conducted by the state government for the implementation of the Right to Education Act.

Written by Express News Service | Gandhinagar | Published:February 16, 2012 7:17 am

More than 80,000 street children in the state’s urban areas are not going to school and around 25,000 of them are from Ahmedabad,according to a survey conducted by the state government for the implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act.

Gujarat primary education secretary R P Gupta,when contacted,said,“Recently as a part of the implementation of the RTE Act in the state,the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan (SSY) has conducted a survey of children not going to schools in rural and urban areas and found that around 80,000 street children in urban areas of the state are denied of school education.”

Gupta further informed that,“The state government has planned to start various six to eighteen months bridge courses for these children to teach them according to their age. Once these children complete these courses they will be enrolled in various schools.”

When asked about the implementation of the RTE in rural areas of the state,the secretary said,“Rural area survey was done earlier and accordingly we have taken suitable actions to enrol children in schools under the Act.”

Under RTE Act the state government is responsible to provide compulsory free education to all the children below 14 years of age in the state.

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The state government is in process of giving a private university status to an engineering college in Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s Assembly constituency Maninagar.

Sources in the state education department said the state government would table a private infrastructure,engineering and technology research university Bill at Maninagar in Ahmedabad in the upcoming Assembly session starting from February 23.

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