In a bid to take education to every nook and corner of Uttar Pradesh, enabling every household and section of society beyond caste, creed, and religion, the Yogi Adityanath Government appears resolutely working with a missionary zeal, says Dr Vedpati Mishra, Special Secretary, Basic Education Department, Government of Uttar Pradesh, and State Project Director, UP Education for All Project Board, as he shares his views with Elets News Network (ENN).
As part of this mission, a survey of families across the districts of Uttar Pradesh aimed to ascertain the number of children not going to schools was conducted recently between May 5-15. The survey revealed a total of 27,695 children were ‘out of school’, of which a total of 27, 251 were admitted into school, according to Mishra.
Honourable Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath has already appealed to all parliamentarians, legislators, and local representatives to provide cooperation in the admission process of children (6-14 years) under ‘School Chalo’ initiative.
Stating that last year, the Hon’ble Chief Minister launched ‘School Chalo Abhiyan’ drive on July 1, Mishra said it was carried out on a large scale across Uttar Pradesh and it continued till the month of August. Children were admitted into the school under this programme.
“Free of cost new school uniforms were made available for boys and girls studying in class 1-8 of district council and aided schools. A total of 1.59 crore students were benefitted with the same,” he said.
As part of a slew of measures in this spirit, under the ‘Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayala’ (KGBV) scheme following programmes were organised:
- 90 episodes of Let’s Learn English radio programme were aired during 10:45 to 11:00 am
- Through Radio programme, 27,895 children learnt spoken English skill at Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayala (KGBV) and 56,680 at higher primary schools
- 48,482 girls were trained at 638 Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayala (KGBVs) were provided Self-Defence Training
- On State level a sports competition was organised at Barbanki district in which 2,000 students participated
- Girls students were taken on educational trip where they saw historical places, banks, post offices and Railway stations
- Students of class 1-8 were provided free of cost quality notebooks and text books
- During September 1-15, a fortnight-long cleanliness drive ‘Swachh Bharat Pakhwada’ was organised in the State
- To make school management committees active in all schools, six members per school were provided training. Total 9.14 lakh members were trained in the State, Mishra said.
Asked about any initiative taken for the visually challenged students, Mishra said: “To provide education to visually challenged and hearing impaired students, a total of 94 residential camps were organised in all the districts of the State. A total of 5,135 students were provided free of cost residential education.”
In addition, 419 medical assessment camps were organised where 31,173 students were given medical checkups. They were given a ‘Divyang certificate’, confirming them as differently abled individual. 1,834 visually-challenged, handicapped children were provided Brail textbooks. In addition to that, 21, 790 students were given machines, he added.
To improve standard of education, 1.03 lakh teachers were given training in English and 96, 500 were trained in environment studies.
For overall evaluation of schools, Indian Government’s ‘Shaala Siddhi’ portal was implemented. Total 1.52 lakh schools uploaded self evaluation data on the portal.
To provide computer aided education in schools, 1,166 schools were equipped with computer facility.
To increase curiosity for science among students and to make subject popular, National Invention Campaign was organised.