Lack of secondary schools discussed at meet on women
THE LACK of secondary schools in the State came up for discussion at a meeting of the Planning Department?s sub-committee on women empowerment. A member of an NGO said there was far more primary schools than secondary schools in UP. He asked, ?Where will girls go after getting primary education?? He also pointed out that there was an extreme shortage of primary school teachers.india Updated: May 27, 2006 01:32 IST
THE LACK of secondary schools in the State came up for discussion at a meeting of the Planning Department’s sub-committee on women empowerment.
A member of an NGO said there was far more primary schools than secondary schools in UP. He asked, “Where will girls go after getting primary education?” He also pointed out that there was an extreme shortage of primary school teachers.
It was suggested that a meeting of all the training institutes be called to see if optimum utilisation of their potential was being made and if their services could be hired for primary and secondary schools too.
Such and several other issues were discussed as special secretary, Planning, Arvind Narayan Mishra, held the chair at the sub-committee’s second meeting here today.
The participants proffered various suggestions, which will be sent to the Planning Commission to be incorporated in the plan document being prepared for the Eleventh Five Year Plan (2007-12) beginning from April 2007.
The sub-committee members representing departments like health, education, rural development, police and social welfare informed the meeting about the initiatives being taken by the respective departments for women empowerment.
It was said women’s self-help groups with regard to various government schemes were a big step in the direction of women’s empowerment in the rural areas, but it was stressed that these group needed to be provided a leadership.
It was told that on the line of Gujarat, the UP Government was planning to introduce a scheme under which poor pregnant women would be handed over cash vouchers which they could submit to a hospital for delivery/treatment.
However, participants said the scheme should be introduced with riders to it so that it could not be misused.
It was suggested that neighbourhood government health centres should be opened in big cities with big slum population. The participants also suggested that a research institute be set up to conduct studies on women issues.
First Published: May 27, 2006 01:32 IST