The role of parents and elders in the family in ensuring that the children in their households go to school and become lettered is important, Collector J. Uma Maheswari said on Wednesday.

Kicking off the Intensive Student Enrollment Awareness Campaign in Karur district at the Panchayat Union Primary School at Taragampatty near here Dr. Uma Maheswari said that an enumeration undertaken by the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan last year revealed that there were 73,154 children in the age group of six and 10 in the district.

Of them 37,809 were boys and the rest girls. Of them, a total of 72,469 have been undergoing studies in various schools in the district and efforts were being made to enroll the balance 685 students who have stopped going to school or have not been admitted to schools.

During the last year's census on children in the 11 to 14 years age group, a total of 55,702 students including 27,216 girls were enlisted. Of them 54,671 children have joined schools in the district while the SSA authorities were taking efforts to track down the rest 1,031 boys and girls and get them enrolled in schools, Dr. Uma Maheswari said. The stress would be on finding the reasons for the dropouts in particular cases and also ensuring that the children never enrolled were admitted in the nearby schools to pursue their education. While the officials were doing their bit, the role of the parents and the elders in the family need to be stressed, the Collector said.

Literate district

Special efforts would be taken to ensure that Karur become a totally literate district in the near future, the Collector said.

Chief Education Officer, SSA, Sivagnanam, District Assistant Project Coordinator, Paramanandam, and others spoke.