Saturday, February 8, 2014

Out of School Kids Survey Results Today?

Out of School Kids Survey Results Today?

Published: 04th February 2014 11:40 AM
Last Updated: 04th February 2014 11:40 AM
The Department of Public Instruction is likely to announce on Tuesday the results of a Statewide survey on the number of children who are not enrolled in schools. The survey was conducted by the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) about three months ago.
Currently, the number of out-of-school children (OOSC) in the State is estimated to range from 1.75 to 2 lakh, according to Mohammad Mohsin, Commissioner for Public Instruction. “This is a rough figure. We are compiling statistics for a meeting with the Chief Secretary on Tuesday. We will announce the final figure after the meeting,” Mohsin told reporters here.
The term ‘OOSC’ is used to refer to children who have either dropped out of schools or those who have never enrolled.
The comprehensive SSA survey, which included household and door-to-door coverage, was conducted last November. The need for a fresh survey to determine the real number of OOSC emerged after the High Court questioned the SSA’s figures. While official statistics showed 51,994 OOSC, activists claimed the real number was 6.28 lakh children.
‘Difficult to Extend RTE Deadline’
Mohsin said it was ‘practically difficult’ to extend the last date (February 8) for parents to apply for seats in schools under the RTE quota.
Activists have demanded that the Department of Public Instruction relax the application deadline as many parents lacked awareness about procedures for obtaining income and caste certificates in order to apply for RTE quota seats. “It is practically difficult and will have implications on the entire admission process. But, we will examine and consider how we can extend the last date,” Mohsin said.

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