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City govt to ascertain number of students still out of school

delhi Updated: Jun 21, 2012 23:41 IST
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To find out how many children with special needs are still out of school, the education department, in a meeting on Thursday, decided to carry out a survey.

"There are a number of children who are not able to go to school. We are planning to carry out a survey to identify such children. We will take help of an NGO which will train these children for at least a year and will help them to get admission to schools in the city," said a senior Delhi government official.

In addition to this, the Delhi government has also decided to hire 3,536 permanent teachers to tide over the problem of shortage of teachers in its schools. There are approximately 15 lakh students enrolled in government schools and 1.70 lakh in government-aided schools.

Ahead of the Assembly elections to be held in 2013, the Delhi government has also decided to hire Urdu teachers. A new Urdu school will also come up in Seelampur.

"There are 262 Urdu teachers and we will be hiring 100 more for our schools. In 130 of our schools, Urdu is taught as a special language. A new Urdu medium school will be opened in east Delhi's Seelampur too," the official added.

Unhappy with the functioning of the schools run by the three corporations, the Delhi government has also sanctioned 2,500 posts of assistant teachers, who will be posted in schools run by the corporation.

"The posts are being created by us and we we will pay the salaries. This will help improve the level of education in the corporation-run schools," said a Delhi government official.

Even as the schools are facing shortage of teachers and have decided to hire 13,890 guest teachers, the number of students taking admission in the government-run schools has been increasing every year. Figures provided by the education department reveals that on an average, four lakh students have been added to government schools in the past three years.

However, last year, only 11 new schools were constructed, some of which will be full functional only by next year.