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MP govt plans campaign to reduce school absenteeism

education Updated: Feb 08, 2016 19:25 IST
Purvi Jain
Purvi Jain
Hindustan Times
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Absenteeism in schools is a major concern for the Madhya Pradesh school education department. (HT file)

The Madhya Pradesh government will soon launch ‘Dastak Abhiyan’, a School Chalen Ham Abhiyan-like campaign to reduce absenteeism of students from the schools, officials said.

Absenteeism in schools is a major concern for the Madhya Pradesh school education department. In 2012, a scheme ‘Pratibha Parv’ was launched to address the issue.

At a meeting of school education department, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had directed officials to identify out-of-school children and take effective steps to bring them into the mainstream of education. For this, motivators of School Chalen Ham Abhiyan were constantly contacted and trained.

“Through the campaign, children who mostly remain absent will be motivated for regular attendance in schools to enable them to acquire prescribed skills in remaining time. Directives have been given to hold additional classes for such students,” said Rajya Shiksha Kendra public relations officer and Amitabh Anuragi

During ‘Pratibha Parv’, it came the government’s notice that D and E Grade includes students who mostly remain absent from schools. All collectors have been asked to bring them into mainstream of education through motivators under ‘Dastak Abhiyan’.

Children who have less than 20% of attendance during the last three months or who are continuously absent for one month have been placed in the category of out-of-school children.

As per plan, out-of-school students and school dropouts will be encouraged for admission in classes according to their age through residential special training and non-residential special training. After acquiring prescribed qualifications, they would be admitted in schools on regular basis.

Education facilities would also be provided to differently-abled children, who are not able to attend school.

School Chalen Ham-like campaign

Children who have less than 20% attendance during the last three months or who are continuously absent for one month have been placed in the category of out-of-school children

After acquiring prescribed qualifications, out-of-school students and dropouts will be admitted in schools on regular basis. Education facilities would also be provided to specially abled children, who are not able to attend school

Mobile resource advisors will impart teaching guidance at home

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