The UT education department began a child mapping survey to identify children who are yet to be enroll ed in schools. Government-run schools in the union territory have been told to conduct a survey of their respective area for identifying children up to 14 years who are eligible for admission under the Right to Education Act, 2009.
The exercise is scheduled to conclude on March 20, after which the department will file a report.The exercise, conducted every year to maintain records of children residing within the city, is meant especially to identify children of schoolgoing age from economically weaker sections (EWS) of the population and other disadvantaged categories.
Last year, more than 1,40,000 students in the union territory were surveyed in the exercise. A department official said the survey was expected to conclude by March 20, following which a report would be filed.
Schools, meanwhile, are reluctant to deploy their staff for the task. Saying teachers are already busy conducting examinations, school officials maintained that deputing teachers would only add to their burden. A school principal, who did not wish to be named, said the exercise should have been conducted in February, keeping in view, school annual exam dates. Another teacher requesting anonymity said said tasks such as child mapping, voting surveys and the census, must be deputed to external agencies and the duty of teachers should be limited to teaching. Meanwhile, the department has instructed that the survey must be completed within a week.