Karnataka Conducts Children Census for Drop-outs

Karnataka Conducts Children Census for Drop-outs

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The team will visit houses in villages and take steps to bring dropouts back to schools

Belgaum: The Karnataka state government has launched a ‘special census of children’ to bring students back to schools.

The campaign will identify children who have stopped going to schools after getting admission and failed to attend classes in the past 60 days.

The week-long campaign will include a team of primary teachers, anganwadi workers, and NGO volunteers will visit houses in their respective villages and take steps to bring dropouts, if any, back to schools.

According to the education department, 72,365 students dropped out of schools in 2008-09 in the state. It was 35,637 in 2009-10, 11,1218 in 2010-11 and 3,9841 in 2011-12. Koppal, Raichur, Bidar and Gulbarga registered the highest number of dropouts.

Primary and secondary education minister Visveshwar Hegde Kageri informed the legislative council on Monday that the government has already implemented many schemes like school-based special training, tent schools for children belonging to nomadic tribe, NCLP schools for child labourers and UDC scheme for urban children to reduce number of school dropouts. Besides, there is a 12-month special training for children of the shelter-less people.

” Measures have been taken to encourage poor children, including those from SC/ST and minority communities, to attend classes. To attract children towards schools, we are giving free textbooks, notebooks, bicycles, mid-day meal and hostel facilities,” he added. Umesh, nodal officer of the campaign in Dharwad district, told TOI that they will visit all houses in the district to get details of school dropouts.

“We will submit our final report to the government in a few weeks. Our teams will meet each family and get details of children aged between 6 and 14,” he added.

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