Noticing flaws in data,dept turns to central agency for RTE survey

Admitting that the child mapping survey conducted by its officials in December 2010 had left out many city areas while identifying eligible candidates for free education under the Right to Education (RTE) Act,UT Education Department has now roped in a research agency to rectify flaws in the data.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: September 13, 2011 1:01 am

Admitting that the child mapping survey conducted by its officials in December 2010 had left out many city areas while identifying eligible candidates for free education under the Right to Education (RTE) Act,UT Education Department has now roped in a research agency to rectify flaws in the data. The department has already handed over the data from its survey to the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID) for identification of shortcomings.

The Department had instructed as many as 3000 government school teachers to visit households located in the city’s periphery to find children,aged between six and fourteen years,who have either never enrolled or dropped out of school. While comparing the results of the survey with data obtained in this year’s census,however,the department found that the number of eligible candidates in the two reports did not match. It had then indicated conducting a fresh survey but looking at the expenditure involved,the department decided to review the old survey.

Sandeep Hans,DPI (Schools) said,“When we compared our results with the census report,we found that parts of certain areas like Manimajra and Mauli Jagran were not covered properly by our surveyors. The number of students identified in these areas in our study was found to be far lesser than those included in the census report”. He added,“We had earlier thought of conducting a whole new survey in order to rectify the flaws. However,it was later realised that another round of survey would involve huge expenditure. So,we finally decided to take the help of a research agency in revisiting the previous survey”.

Meanwhile,the District Education Officer (DEO) Chanchal Singh ,who headed the committee which examined the survey report in February said the department has approached CRRID only to verify the findings of the survey and claimed there were no noticeable flaws. “We only want an assurance from a research agency over the findings of the survey. Our endeavour is to assess the accuracy of the data. The other officials might be interpreting the move as an assessment of flaws due to some gap of communication,” he said.

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