Out-of-school children to be identified by SSA once again
Schoolteachers of govt schools and volunteers teaching in special training centres will conduct a household survey from February 1 to 4
LUDHIANA: To identify children between the age group of 7-14 years who are not in schools, principal secretary-school education Hussan Lal, has asked Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, to conduct the household survey across the state once again.
The schoolteachers of government schools and volunteers teaching in special training centres will conduct the household survey from February 1 to 4.
To identify such children, the household survey is conducted every year. Children between 7-14 years, who are studying at alternative innovative education centres (AIEC) in government schools that have now been converted into special training centres (STC) by the ministry of human resource and development (MHRD) in year 2011. In June 2011, 3,000 such children were identified from the Ludhiana district whereas In December 2011 3,748 children were identified.
Talking to the Hindustan Times, Hussan Lal said, “We have to submit the annual work plan to the government by March 2012 and the grants will be sent according to that plan submitted. However, while reviewing the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan report, we found out that many children across the state had not been traced. So the SSA department has been asked to re- confirm the data so that the grant to the government can be sent again”
Barjinder Singh, district coordinator of special training cen- tre, SSA, Ludhiana, said, “We have received the instructions and will conduct the survey again to identify the exact number of children.”
According to the Right to Education Act 2009, Section ( 4): When a child above six years of age has not been admitted to any school or was admitted, but could not complete his or her elementary education, then, he or she should be admitted in a class appropriate to his or her age. Provided that where a child is directly admitted in a class appropriate to his or her age, they should be at par with others, to receive special training within a certain time limit.