The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Punjab, has decided to conduct a survey to identify out-of-school children and primary school dropouts to give them a chance to enroll in schools again and prepare a report in this regard.
“The children, who are yet to join school or the dropouts will be identified and their parents or families will be encouraged to send their wards to school,” said Somanth, SSA district coordinator (special programme).
The dropout children, especially migrant labourers’ wards who are in the age group of 6 to 14 years, will be the primary group target under this exercise.
Somnath said the schoolteachers and other officials would conduct a door-to-door survey near their schools from December 15.
“The details of these children in the age group of 6 to 14 years will be collected, collated and used for working out a detailed strategy for imparting education to these children,” he added.
The state government will hold the survey on working children, children of migrant labourers, deprived children, children in urban slums, bonded child labour, children of beggars, girls of minority community, girls involved in domestic chores/sibling care and other vulnerable sections of the society.
“After preparing the database of these children, the department will start motivating the students and their parents to join school in their neighbourhood,” he said.
He said that in the department’s survey in the year 2013, as many as 800 children, including dropouts, were identified across the district and were given admissions to various government schools.The survey is expected be completed by the end of this month.