Gearing up for the state-wide survey of out-of-school students on July 4, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is set to rope in staff from all the civic departments and private schools to undertake the detailed survey, on the lines of exercise of election duty or polio drive, to identify children in the 6 to 14 age bracket.
“The state government has formed committees at the local level to execute the survey effectively. The committee for the PMC area is headed by the municipal commissioner. It will require 9,500 people. Civic school teachers and staff of various civic departments will be deputed for the purpose. The PMC will ask teachers from private schools to conduct the survey,” said Shivaji Daundkar, PMC chief education officer.
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The survey will be carried out on July 4 between 7 am and 7 pm. “The survey should be done extensively by making door-to-door visits as done during elections and polio drive. Hence, the planning has to be done to execute it successfully,” he said, adding that the PMC had the data of out-of-school students undertaken for its various other schemes and projects but the state government survey would update the information and also help check the existing information available with the civic body.
Daundkar said the state government had defined the out-of-school students as those not enrolled in any school or enrolled but absent for a month at a stretch. “The staff to be appointed to undertake the exercise will visit each household and public place. The children covered in the drive will get an ink mark on their finger as done to voters during elections and children during polio drive,” he said.
The staff will also have to visit all the public places in the city, including footpaths, bus stands, railway stations, roads, footpaths, traffic signals and crowded places. “The urban area does not have a major issue of out-of-school students as there is great awareness on education among citizens. The focus will be on slums and street children,” Daundkar said.
The rules of negligence of duty applicable during election would be implemented during the one-day survey, he said.
At present, the PMC has implemented gharta project for street children who are not enrolled in any school. The project provides education to street children, while providing them food and clothes. It is executed with the help of social organisations who take care of children in select civic schools.