To implement the Right to Education (RTE) Act effectively in government schools of the state, Director General School Education-cum-state project director, Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, Punjab, Ashok Singla have asked district coordinators to shut down special training centres running across the state.
Further, the students studying in the special training centres will be brought into the mainstream in appropriate classes of government schools till March 31.
In Ludhiana, there are 265 special training centres and about 7,500 students are studying in them and they will be brought into the mainstream government schools.
Talking to the Hindustan Times, Barjinder Singh, district coordinator of special training centre here, said, "Last year we were given the target to identify 2,000 students in a household survey.
We identified 7,500 out-of-school students and all of them are studying in the 265 special training centres. According to the DGSE directions, they will mainstream out-of-school students to government schools. Moreover, we have identified around 3,500 students in the household survey in December 2011 and February 2012, who would be directly admitted to government schools."
"Now, our main focus will be to identify more out-of-school students at brick kilns where a lot of them in the age group of 7-14 years are working in the city and will bring them to school for education. New special training centres will be opened for new identified out-of-schools children at the starting of the next session," Singh said.
No funds and fee will be charged from any student who will be brought into the mainstream government schools from special training centres. These students will study in the same class in which other students are studying and no discrimination will be done with any student.
The parents of the child will not be forced to produce the birth certificate at the time of admission in a government school.
The profile of students, who will be mainstreamed, would be loaded on the child-tracking system and also send to the district education officer elementary across the district. However, a similar copy should be emailed to the DGSE office.
The students, who will be brought into mainstream government schools, would be monitored by volunteers of the special training centres for at least a month. The volunteers will be provided Rs 1,000 for monitoring these students. They will be given 25% wage after the completion of monitoring of students.