Maharashtra launches drive to bring dropouts back to schools

The state faculty schooling division has launched a “Mission Zero Dropout” marketing campaign aimed toward bringing all kids, who dropped out of faculties due to numerous causes, again into the schooling mainstream.

Youngsters within the age group of 3-18 years, together with these with particular wants, are the focused beneficiaries of this marketing campaign. For the primary time, the division has sought participation from numerous sections of the federal government — from ladies and youngster improvement, social welfare and justice to even income, tribal and minority departments — within the marketing campaign. The thought is to make it a collaborative effort for efficient outcomes. A Authorities Decision (GR) was issued on Thursday detailing the 15-day marketing campaign which is predicted to start out from July 5. Till then, the division has to arrange committees and guarantee consciousness and publicity for the marketing campaign in order that the focused kids can draw the specified advantages.

Tweeting in regards to the initiative, state College Training Minister Varsha Gaikwad wrote, “To uphold each youngster’s proper to schooling, all of us ought to attempt for zero tolerance towards faculty dropouts. Our faculty schooling division desires to make sure that no youngster is bereft of schooling. We’re subsequently launching #MissionZeroDropOut to get them again to highschool.”

In accordance with knowledge compiled by the state faculty schooling division final yr, a complete of 25,204 kids had been out-of-school. Of those, 7,806 (4,076 boys and three,730 women) by no means went to any faculties whereas 17,397 (9,008 boys and eight,389 women) had been discovered exhibiting considerably irregular attendance all through the pandemic.

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As a part of this marketing campaign, schooling inspectors of their respective areas are anticipated to place collectively committees of academics and well being officers, Anganwadi and NGO representatives lively within the areas and principal and administration representatives from native faculties, amongst others. Whereas the committees are anticipated to survey the areas checking if all eligible kids are enrolled in faculties, they may even be requested to go to close by bus/railway stations and different public locations together with quarries, coal mines, sugar factories and totally different different sectors having each day wage staff, together with building staff, who’re all the time on the transfer.

The information needs to be collated on a centralised platform — a devoted on-line portal which needs to be created and managed by the workplace of the director of schooling. Particular enrolment drives can be held in order that these kids are given age-appropriate admissions to close by faculties.

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