Panvel to conduct out-of-school survey regularly
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.