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

HT Ludhiana Live - - Education - Deepa Sharma Sood deepa.sharma@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.

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