To identify more out-of-school students between 6 and 14 years of age, Director General School Education (DGSE), Punjab, Kumar Rahul, has asked all teachers of government schools to conduct household surveys across the state.
The survey will be conducted from December 16 to 26 by schoolteachers before and after the school hours.
Talking to Hindustan Times, Rajat Arora, district coordinator of special training centres, said, “We have received the directions from the DGSE office and have started the survey. All the school teachers are paying door to door visit so that we can identify more and more kids.”
However, the school heads have been directed to compile data of out-of-school children who have been traced by their own schoolteachers by January 2. They would also send information to the block primary education officers so that data could be updated on the website.
The data will be updated on the website from January 5 to 12.
The school heads would also submit a certificate to the district education officer (elementary) so that the ward or village which their schoolteachers have covered are left with no students between 6 to 14 years.
The district education officers (elementary and secondary) would depute one teacher for 100 families and if the number is more then another teacher would be deputed.
To identify students who are out of school, the household survey is conducted every year. The out-of-school children are between six and 14 years of age and are studying in alternative innovative education centres in government schools. Now, these centres have been converted into special training centres by the ministry of human resource and development (MHRD) in 2011.
In December 2010, household survey was conducted, in which 30,000 out-of-school children were traced across the state. However, from Ludhiana district 5,610 students were identified in 2010. Then again the household survey was conducted in June 2011 in which 3,000 students were identified from Ludhiana district.
In the survey conducted in December 2011, 3,748 out-of-school children were identified. In 2012, 3670 students were traced.
Section (4) of the Right to Education Act, 2009, says “Where a child above six years of age has not been admitted in any school and could not complete his or her elementary education, then, he or she should be admitted in a Class appropriate to his or her age. He or she should be at par with others, must have a right to receive special training within such time-limits.”
Quote: We have received the directions from the DGSE office and have started the survey. All the school teachers are paying door to door visit so that we can identify more and more kids
Rajat Arora, district coordinator of special training centres