Govt plans month-long ‘school chalo’ campaign

The state government has decided to start a one-and-a-half month-long ‘School Chalo Abhiyan’ for enrolment of children between 6 and 14 years of age in primary schools to implement the Right to Education Act.

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: April 1, 2013 3:28:36 am

The state government has decided to start a one-and-a-half month-long ‘School Chalo Abhiyan’ for enrolment of children between 6 and 14 years of age in primary schools to implement the Right to Education Act.

Since the next academic session begins from July,the campaign for enrolment will be held from April 15 to May 31.

A government order for holding the campaign in each district was issued by Chief Secretary Jawed Usmani earlier this month. The department of primary education is targeting 100 per cent enrolment of children between 6 and 14,who are entitled to free and compulsory education under the Right to Education Act.

“The campaign ‘School Chalo Abhiyan’ will be held across the state in April and May with the aim of enrolling students,especially out-of-school children,in schools,” said Amrita Soni,State Project Director,Sarv Siksha Abhiyan (SSA).

The campaign will entail door-to-door meeting of teachers and ‘siksha mitr’ with parents and children. According to the government order,each school has been told to hold a meeting of its school management committee and draw up a detailed plan for the campaign in the first two weeks of April. The management committee has been instructed to get the list of children above the age of five years from the respective Anganwadi workers,which will help them identify such houses in the region served by the school,where children of 6-14 years age group are either out of school or irregular in schools. Migrant families will also be listed during the exercise,which is to be completed in each district by May 21.

Before this,the teachers have also been asked to create awareness regarding importance of education as well as the Right to Education Act among parents by organising rallies,meetings and symposiums in localities covered by each school. By May 24,the teachers have been instructed to enrol the students identified in the process to their respective schools.

Further,if there are any children between the given age group eligible for admission in schools who are left out,the teachers have been asked to again meet their parents,convince them about admissions of their wards and complete their admission procedure by May 31. The final report on admission of students in each school is to be furnished to the SSA directorate by June 7.

Under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act,2009,every child of the age of 6-14 years has a right to free and compulsory education in a neighbourhood school till completion of elementary education.

Under the act,25 per cent seats in private schools are to be reserved for the children belonging to weaker and disadvantaged sections of society,the cost of which is to be borne by the state and central governments.

The state governments were given time till March 2013 to fully implement the act in their respective states.

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