Wednesday, February 12, 2014

18K Kids in B’lore South out of School

18K Kids in B’lore South out of School

Published: 05th February 2014 09:56 AM
Last Updated: 05th February 2014 09:56 AM
Even as the Education Department claims to have provided 100 per cent access to schools in the State, as many as 1,70,525 children between the ages of six and 14 years are not enrolled in schools.
Of these, there are 18,393 children outside of schools in Bangalore South (in Bangalore Urban district), the highest of all districts.
These are the results of a comprehensive survey conducted by the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) last November to identify the exact number of out-of-school children (OOSC) in the State. Officials from Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and SSA, along with activists, discussed the survey results with Additional Chief Secretary G V Krishna Rau on Tuesday.
The survey was done at two levels covering 4,103 clusters in rural and urban areas— a school survey to identify dropouts and a household survey to identify children who were never enrolled. According to sources, officials have been asked to verify these figures once more after activists pointed out discrepancies. For now, these figures will be submitted to the High Court, which is hearing a case on OOSC.
“A survey by a NGO called e-Mandala has found a higher number of dropout children in Yadgir and Gulbarga. The figure in these two districts is at least 30 per cent higher,” a source said.
Sources said the DPI has been directed to get an opinion in two weeks from the Department of Law and Parliamentary Affairs on the proposed Attendance Authority. “It has to be gazetted in order to be made a part of the Right to Education Act rules,” a source said. This authority will persuade parents first, notify them next and regulate them later if they fail to send their children to school.

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