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Digital record of students to track dropouts

The state government has decided to maintain digital database of all the children in the age group of 6 and 14 years to help it implement Right To Education in an effective manner.

Written by Shiv Sahay Singh | Kolkata |
December 28, 2010 4:51:44 am

The state government has decided to maintain digital database of all the children in the age group of 6 and 14 years to help it implement Right To Education in an effective manner. Through the database,the government would monitor every child that would help them identify the school dropouts.

“There will be a co-relation between the data available with the local authorities and the data with school education department that would help in identifying the school dropouts and bringing them back to schools,” said Dibyen Mukherjee,Director,School Education.

“Project Dipankar — Child Tracking system” has been already been launched in four districts — Howrah,Hooghly,North 24-Paraganas and Kolkata — as a pilot project. Officials of school education department said the districts for the pilot project were chosen on the basis of the availability of resources present there to carry out such an exercise.

The state has a school dropout rate of 5.7 per cent,as per the latest figures of Annual Status of Education Report published by an organisation called Pratham. While in a majority of the districts,the school dropout rate is below the state average,in districts like Malda and Murshidabad it is as high as 10.5 per cent and 8 per cent respectively.

According to Mukherjee,the data available from the pilot project would pave the way for the implementation of the scheme in rest part of the state.

As part of the exercise,the officials will collect the details of every child enrolled in Class-I. The details will include student’s name,address,photograph and the school where he or she is enrolled.

These data will be stored in computers and a database will be created from these details. The child’s attendance will be monitored and once the school dropout will be identified,the officials could reach to the child’s family by making use of the database.

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