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‘5,538 out-of-school children enrolled in govt schools’

In a survey conducted by the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) last year has found that 5,538 children in the 6-14 age group have been enrolled in government schools.

Written by Ifrah Mufti | Chandigarh | Published: October 13, 2013 1:33:26 am

In a survey conducted by the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) last year has found that 5,538 children in the 6-14 age group have been enrolled in government schools for academic session 2013-14. SSA conducts this survey every year in the periphery areas including Manimajra,Khuda Lahora and Behlana,aiming to enroll out-of-school students and the children who never went to schools.

Dilbag Singh,SSA mission co-ordinator said,“There are around 52 voluntary teachers who conduct the door-to-door survey monthly. Otherwise,SSA conducts this survey every year in December. The survey reports are sent to Management Information System (MIS) which compiles the data of drop outs students or who went to school.”

Although the survey was completed in December last,the department managed to compile the data around 10 days ago.

As per the context of RTE Act,the out-of-school children are first enrolled in the formal school and they are provided with Special Training. At present,there are 191 Special Training Centres (STC) in the city that are functioning in the school campus itself. The special training for drop out/ never enrolled is conducted till the students are eligible to be adjusted in the main stream class. The special teachers appointed conduct four hour classes on a daily basis.

According to the reports collected by the education department,SSA enrolled around 6,000 students last year and mainstreamed around 3,000 students to regular schools. Most of the students who are enrolled are recorded to be the drop outs. SSA has also mainstreamed 89 students to regular school last month.

SSA special training centres are working to enroll children of labourers,street children,the urban deprived and also the migrant ones. To spread awareness,SSA has also made a page on facebook by the name of STCSSA,through which any one who knows a child between 6 and 14 years and who needs to be sent to school can drop a message. The voluntary teacher will help them enroll the child.

An official at the education department told Newsline,“Apart from providing special training for these children,the education department also emphasises on the teaching methods used by the special training teachers. Educational trips are also arranged for them every month so that they could involve themselves in studies in a much better way.”

“SSA maintains the record of the mainstreamed children indicating their position,like continuing/drop out/migrated/completed etc. Till the student completes his/her Class VIII,the teachers keep a record,” the official added.

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