BARIPADA: In a massive enrollment drive, the Mayurbhanj district administration has identified nearly 40,000 children for admission in schools this academic session. The children include those who attained six years of age, dropouts, child labourers and regular absentees. The campaign 'Mu bi padhibi' (I will also study) is aimed to ensure 100% success of Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA).
"Every year parents bring their children to school. This year, we decided to reach out to the children by visiting almost all households in the district. Not a single child should be left out," said district project coordinator of SSA Diganta Routray.
"During the campaign, special emphasis would be given to the children who have left studies midway and bring them to school. Every child in the age group of 6 to 14 should be given free and compulsory education. We have also urged dhaba, hotel and garage-owners to enroll children below 14 years of age working under them in nearby schools by April 15 or a special squad will rescue such children," added Routray.
The district administration has also announced award for teachers and school management committee in which all children between 6 and 14 years will be enrolled and attendance will be more than 90%.
According to official sources, the retention rate of students in the district is 68.38% which is third lowest in the state.
There are no primary schools in 309 habitations in the district while around 111 habitations do not have upper primary schools, SSA sources said.