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Edu dept fails to update child mapping data

RTE Act makes it mandatory for the department to update records of education level and academic needs of children.

Written by Ritika Jha | Chandigarh | Published: March 22, 2012 1:02 am

RTE Act makes it mandatory for the department to update records of education level and academic needs of children.

It seems the UT Education Department has no interest in keeping track of the education levels of the children in the city. The Right to Education (RTE) Act makes it mandatory for the Department to update the data collected in child mapping survey-which records education levels and education needs of children- every year by conducing fresh surveys.

However,it has not only failed to conduct any survey in the last one year,but also not bothered to rectify the discrepancies noted in the data collected in the survey conducted in 2010. The department had failed to find underpriviledged children in several colonies which are home to migrant labourers. These included Attawa,Badheri,Maloya Colony and Colony No. 4.

Uploading the data of the survey conducted in 2010 on its website only four months ago,the Department cited,“The implementation of RTE is in its initial stage,therefore,this information is liable to contain discrepancies and errors. If there is any error in the data it can be intimated to the head of a government school with a copy to the District Education Officer for necessary action.”

However,no steps have been taken by the department to meet the inadequacies,so far. When contacted,DPI (Schools) Sandeep Hans said,“We have conducted a detailed survey once in 2010. Now we need to develop a framework for updating the data.”

“The exact process which is to be followed for this,has not yet been finalised. Our surveyors (school teachers) are busy with the annual examinations. They will be assigned the job as soon as the examinations are over,” Hans added.

In December 2010,the Education Department had instructed as many as 3,000 government school teachers to visit the households located in city’s periphery areas for finding out children aged between six to fourteen years who either never enrolled or dropped out of school.

The key information to be recorded in the survey includes name of the school where child is studying,class,occupation of parents,whether child belongs to disadvantaged group or economically weaker section and whether he or she requires specific facilities or residential facilities on account of migration,age appropriate admission or disability.

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