As many as 702 children aged 6 to 14 years in the district are out of school, finds a recent survey of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) in Punjab for the 2014-15 annual report.
The purpose of the survey is to identify out of school children to re-induct them into the mainstream education system.
In 2013, the survey had identified 800 out of school children, who had been admitted to various government schools.
As many as 702 out of school children were identified and their parents and family members were motivated to send them school, said Somanth, district coordinator for special programmes.
Last year, the classes for such students were conducted at special training centres, but it would be conducted in schools this time, as we did not have the approval to run classes at the centres, he said, adding, we have 300 volunteers for special training programme.
“The special training volunteers will teach these students from the next academic session for a few months, and then they will be shifted to their respective classes,” said Somanth.
“If a child shows mental ability for induction into the mainstream, he or she would be admitted to regular schools,” he said.
During the special training, monthly assessment reports of each child will be sent to the SSA state office through district education officers.