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Copter ride for kids with 100% attendance

In a bid to check the dropout rates in schools, the Jharkhand Govt plans to reward students with a 10-minute helicopter ride for attaining a record 100 percent attendence.
Hindustan Times | By Alok Gupta, Jamshedpur
UPDATED ON JUL 02, 2008 12:43 AM IST

The Jharkhand government is planning to take its students for a ride, in the hope that it will check dropout rates in schools.

State HRD Minister Bandhu Tirkey said students would be rewarded with a 10-minute helicopter ride if they record 100 per cent attendance. This, he feels, is the perfect gift and inspiration to draw children to school.

“The state government already has two choppers and it can be used for the purpose. The chopper ride deal will check the dropout rate and become a star attraction for the students to attend school,” said Tirkey.

Jharkhand will become the first state to implement such an idea; the usual recognition for full attendance is extra marks or, at best, a certificate. The proposal has been cleared by Chief Minister Madhu Koda and is now with the Director General of Civil Aviation.

“We are waiting for the approval of the Director General of Civil Aviation. We will get the nod very soon and a chopper will be made available to each block on a rotational basis. Hard working students need motivation and it is an effort to inspire them for higher education,” the minister said.

The chopper ride scheme will be launched after the end of the current academic session. The students will be brought to the nearest airport for the ride. “We will collect all the centurion attendance sheeters of a block to give them a collective chopper ride,” Tirkey added. The ministry has been working overtime trying to boost the students’ morale. Recently, it started the practice of celebrating birthdays in school and is also in the process of deputing barbers to instill hygienic practices among students.

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