To meet June 15 deadline for Socio-Economic Caste Census
More teachers are likely to be deployed for the ongoing Socio-economic Caste Census in the city Corporation, to help complete the census work within the latest deadline of June 15.
A census official at the city Corporation said nearly 100 more teachers might be deployed to expedite data collection. The city Corporation was lagging behind all other local bodies in the district in the census work, he said.
The State government recently issued an order directing the teacher-enumerators to carry out census activities without affecting their school duty.
This meant government school teachers would not be exempted from their normal teaching duty, and would have to go for the census duty either before or after school hours or during school holidays. And with the academic session set to begin in a couple of days, the school teachers, assigned census work, would have the additional work of enumeration.
But deployment of more enumerators would mean less workload on the teachers, the official said.
“As of now, each enumerator has to collect data from four enumeration blocks, consisting of around 400 houses. By deploying more enumerators, this can be brought down to two blocks per enumerator,'' the official said.
“We already have a list of teachers who could be taken for this work. These teachers were in fact initially selected as enumerators for the census duty, but were relieved later as they had evaluation camps and such duties during the vacation. Since that duty is now over, they could now be re-deployed for this work. Only then can the census work be completed by June 15,” he added.
An education department official said, though the government direction to the school teachers was to go for census duty only during non-school hours, their school duties would suffer.
“Census duty cannot be pressed upon Upper Primary school teachers, because as per the Right To Education Act, the school work of teachers up to upper primary level should not be affected in any way once the academic session begins,” he said.
The Socio-economic Caste Census, jointly initiated by the Census Directorate and Rural Development Department, was delayed for more than a month in the city Corporation area, owing to complications in cataloguing and loading the data of 2011 census on the tablet PCs provided to census data entry operators.
The cataloguing work, originally slated to be completed before starting the field work, was yet to be completed, according to officials.
A large section of enumerators could not start the field work on time because of this delay.
However, cataloguing of 2011 census data would be completed in two days, after which all the enumerators could be deployed for field work, officials said.
As of now, nearly 570 enumerators were deployed for data collection in Corporation area. The technical support for the census work was being provided by ITI Ltd, Palakkad, who in turn had outsourced the work to a Bangalore-based firm.