Pan­vel to con­duct out-of-school sur­vey reg­u­larly

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sang­hami­tra Sengupta ■ sang­hami­tra.sengupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NAVI MUM­BAI: In ac­cor­dance with the out-of-school sur­vey con­ducted in July af­ter a gov­ern­ment no­ti­fi­ca­tion, the Pan­vel block ed­u­ca­tion of­fice has taken an ini­tia­tive to con­duct the sur­vey on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

In its last sur­vey, a to­tal of 545 chil­dren were found to be school dropouts.

Al­though there was a fur­ther no­ti­fi­ca­tion stat­ing that an­other sur­vey was to be con­ducted in Oc­to­ber, no such or­der was given. Ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cials said they have planned to have the sur­vey reg­u­larly as an on­go­ing process to find out-of-school chil­dren and list them for ad­mis­sion.

“No fur­ther of­fi­cial no­ti­fi­ca­tion for con­duct­ing the sur­vey has come yet. Hence, we de­cided to carry for­ward the ini­tia­tive as a con­tin­u­ous ac­tiv­ity to find out more such chil­dren and list them and get them an ad­mis­sion this year or next aca­demic year when­ever pos­si­ble,” said Nav­nath Sable, ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer, Pan­vel block ed­u­ca­tion of­fice.

The out-of-school sur­vey has been ini­ti­ated un­der the Right to Ed­u­ca­tion Act 2009 to find out chil­dren in the age group of 6 to 15 years.

The aim is to pro­vide the ba­sic min­i­mum ed­u­ca­tion to each and ev­ery child in the city. Of the to­tal 545 chil­dren that were listed dur­ing the last sur­vey, 298 were found to have never at­tended school which in­cluded 137 boys and 161 girls, while 247 were found to be drop outs in­clu­sive of 118 boys and 129 girls.

Of­fi­cials said that they could se­cure ad­mis­sions for around 342 chil­dren of those who were listed un­der the sur­vey.

Ac­cord­ing to the ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cials, most of th­ese chil­dren are from the mi­grant com­mu­nity who do not have any fixed du­ra­tion of stay and keep mov­ing from one place to an­other.

Hence it is dif­fi­cult to track the chil­dren and also many of the par­ents are ap­pre­hen­sive to send their chil­dren to school as they do not have fixed shel­ter or in­come.

The num­ber of such chil­dren keeps fluc­tu­at­ing in the city for which it is nec­es­sary to track them con­tin­u­ously.

“We will have a meet­ing with all the schools soon and form groups who will take the sur­vey on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. The aim is that when­ever an out-of-school child is found, he/she should be en­rolled in the school,” said the of­fi­cial.

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