Govt to con­duct sur­vey to iden­tify out-of-school kids

Millennium Post - - NATION - DHIREN­DRA KU­MAR

NEW DELHI: In a ma­jor de­ci­sion to re­duce drop-outs of school­child­ren, the gov­ern­ment has de­cided to con­duct a com­pre­hen­sive sur­vey to iden­tify out-of-school chil­dren across the coun­try. No­tably, CABE is the high­est ad­vi­sory body to ad­vise the Cen­tral and state gov­ern­ments in the field of ed­u­ca­tion.

The de­ci­sion in this re­gard was taken dur­ing a re­cently held meet­ing of Cen­tral Ad­vi­sory Board of Ed­u­ca­tion (CABE) sub-com­mit­tee un­der the chair­man­ship of Min­is­ter of State for Hu­man Re­source De­vel­op­ment Upen­dra Kush­waha.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, which was also at­tended by ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ters of Mad­hya Pradesh, Haryana and Tripura, it was de­cided to cre­ate a data­base of all chil­dren hav­ing Aad­haar unique iden­ti­fi­ca­tion num­ber that would help in the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of out of school chil­dren.

The sur­vey would be con­ducted in con­ver­gence with the min­istries of HRD, Women and Child De­vel­op­ment and Labour & Em­ploy­ment. The de­part­ments of the con­cerned min­istries such as Sarva Shik­sha Ab­hiyan (SSA), In­te­grated Child Pro­tec­tion Scheme (ICPS) & SABLA and Na­tional Child Labour Project would help states in con­duct­ing sur­veys.

Ac­cord­ing to a CABE sub­com­mit­tee mem­ber, who was present at the meet­ing, states have also been di­rected to en­sure Aad­haar num­ber to every child.

“The sub-com­mit­tee also fixed the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of of­fi­cials for en­sur­ing UID num­bers. Ed­u­ca­tion de­part­ment would be re­spon­si­ble for in school chil­dren while dis­trict col­lec­tors would be held ac­count­able for en­sur­ing Aad­haar UID to all out of school chil­dren,” the mem­ber said.

“The ra­tio­nale be­hind the cre­ation of a data­base of all chil­dren, in­clud­ing out of school kids us­ing their UID would help in fa­cil­i­tat­ing the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to main­tain a record of chil­dren as man­dated un­der Sec­tion 8. It would also fa­cil­i­tate ad­mis­sion of out of school chil­dren in school as man­dated un­der Sec­tion 9 of RTE Act,” the mem­ber said.

“The sub-panel has also ap­proved a rec­om­men­da­tion to have a stan­dard­ised def­i­ni­tion of out of school chil­dren. The sub-panel also ap­proved the sug­ges­tion to change the sta­tus of ‘out of school child’ to ‘in school child’ in the data­base once a child is mo­ti­vated to join a school,” the mem­ber said.

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