SwatiShindeGole,Oct 13 2015

Source: The Times of India

Pune: State Education Department Plans Fortnight-Long Exercise To Get Exact Numbers After Hiccups Twice

After two failed at empts, the state education department hopes to get ucky a third time when another out-of-school survey of children will be taken up in December.This time, the survey would be conducted for 15 days, and a district-level commit ee formed by the directorate of education would monitor t.

The decision was taken af er NGOs and activists claimed that the state government had under-reported the numbers in both the previous attempts.

As per the Right to Educa ion Act, every child in the state must be enrolled into a school for imparting educa ion at least up to standard VI I. Accordingly , the state education department decided to conduct a survey of children who were out-of-school on Ju y 4, this year. State education commissioner Purshottam Bhapkar, said, “With request from all the NGOs and members working in this field, it was decided to conduct another survey in a meeting on October 6 with the education minister.“

A meeting of over 30 officers from different fields of education, NGOs and directors of education department met and discussed issues that went wrong during the previous two surveys.

“The NGOS stated that the first survey reported only about 53,000 children being out-of-school. The report of the second survey ordered by Bhapkar was never released,“ educationist Herambh Kulkarni said.

The monitoring committee would have an officer of the primary and secondary department each as well as a member of an organisation working with out-of-school children, said Bhapkar.

Between October 20 and 30, a meeting of all block deve lopment officers in every taluka of the state would be conducted to instruct them about the survey and mark the are as of each officer for survey.

The July 4 survey was a marathon, day-long survey where officers of the civic bo dies, Zilla Parishad, teachers, administrative officers and block development officers were asked to complete the task in the designated areas on a single day.

As per the guidelines, any child aged between 6 and 14 who is not enrolled in school or has not attended school for the past 30 days is to be considered out-of-school.