A State-wide survey is being undertaken from April 5 to 12 to identify ‘out of school' children and admit them in schools in the coming academic year.
The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Tamil Nadu, is undertaking this one-week exercise in all districts and it had asked its field staff to compile data on children not going to schools.
Survey will be carried out at individual block level in every district with the help of SSA staff, anganwadi workers, village heads and local people who would know about details of children not in the stream of school education. Officials said that a meeting of SSA officials and district level staff was held at Chennai on March 26 to discuss the proposal and a model questionnaire has already been circulated to districts in order to get the basic particulars.
“Every village will be covered through this survey. School dropouts, nomadic groups and migrant children will be among the categories that will get focus,” S. Kannappan, Joint Director, SSA, said on Sunday. A database will be created in the first stage and later steps to put the identified children in schools will be initiated during the month of June when the schools reopen after summer holidays.
“This effort is being taken up by the SSA in preparation for the Right to Education Bill. Every child has to be given school education at least up to eighth standard,” Mr. Kannappan said. Block Resource Teacher Educators have been asked to supervise the SSA survey since they would already know the places where enrolment of children in schools is less than expected level. According to an official here, the enumeration will be done by special teams to be formed for this purpose.
Mr. Kannappan said that the survey particulars will be submitted to the district administration of respective districts for their follow-up action.
“If the survey could not be completed by the said date, it will be extended for a few more days. The objective is we want to ensure that every child is in school and no one should miss school education,” the Joint Director said.