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MCD want another education survey

delhi Updated: Dec 12, 2010 23:31 IST
Nivedita Khandekar
Nivedita Khandekar
Hindustan Times
Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan

With poor response from the parents of underprivileged children during the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan (SSA) survey, the MCD on Sunday said it would write to the Union Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry to conduct another survey.

Approximately 14,000 teachers of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) conducted a door-to-door survey on Saturday and Sunday across 181 municipal wards under the SSA to find out if there is any child between 6 and 14 years of age who does not go to school, among other things.

These teachers were supposed to fill two forms (A & B) with details about the child and his parents' background like the language spoken at home, if the child is physically disabled, whether the house the family lives in is own or rented, said Mahinder Nagpal, chairman, education committee, MCD.

Over the weekend, each teacher was supposed to cover approximately 100 houses.

"However, in rural areas, jhuggi-jhopri clusters and in resettlement colonies, our teachers faced lot of problems," Nagpal said.

"In most of the cases, the houses/slum dwellings were locked as the labourers were out on work. In several cases, the parents, especially the illiterate mothers, did not answer the questions as they were not aware of the importance of the survey," he added.

"The survey has therefore not brought out the exact picture. There should have been ample publicity for the survey.

We are going to write to the HRD ministry to conduct another survey," Nagpal said.

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