Monday, May 6, 2013

SSA turns to tablets to retain high school girls

SSA turns to tablets to retain high school girls

15th April 2013 08:54 AM
Eager to retain girls in secondary education after elementary school, the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) has turned towards tablet computers hoping it will motivate girls to continue studies after Class 8.
The agency has decided to give tablets to three top-scoring girls who will move from Class 8 to Class 9 from each Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) centre as a pilot project that will be launched this academic year. “This initiative aims to ensure that girls remain in school after they complete elementary education (Class 1-8). We find that many drop out after Class 8. We hope this will boost secondary education enrolment, allowing the girls to complete schooling till Class 10,” said Subodh Yadav, state project director, SSA, and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA).
The KGBV scheme was formulated to set up residential schools for girls from minority communities. Karnataka has 71 KGBVs in 22 districts, with an enrolment of 7,886 girls as of January.
Once the girls complete Class 8, they come under the ambit of RMSA that will move them to its hostels for further schooling. “We estimate about 20 per cent girls from KGBVs drop out after Class 8 every year,” said a senior SSA official.
The SSA is currently holding talks with various companies for procurement of tablets, including Bharat Electronics Ltd.
In fact, this initiative will not be dependent on funds sanctions by the Ministry of Human Resource Development.  “While we are including this initiative in our proposed annual work plan, the SSA’s savings amounting to `10 lakh will be used for the expenditure,” Yadav said, adding that the agency estimates each tablet to cost around `5,000.
 According to District Information System for Education figures, there was a transitional loss of 72,140 government school children moving from Class 8 to Class 9 in 2012. Of them, 36,963 girls were lost in transition.

No comments:

Post a Comment