Staff Reporter

Rajahmundry: The 15-day Badi Baata programme was formally launched in East Godavari district on Friday.

The district administration prepared plans to bring 2,200 dropouts back to school during the programme. Efforts would also be made to see to it that 90,000 children who completed 5 years joined school in the district.

District Collector Gopalakrishna Dwivedi and DEO Mallikharujna Sastry called upon NGOs, public representatives, women associations and mother committees to take an active part in the programme. The administration would mainly concentrate on rural areas, where the dropout rate was high. Along with strengthening the mid-day meal scheme, efforts would be made to attract children by adopting the ‘learn while play’ education system.

Bridge schools

Bridge schools were another option for dropouts who had joined schools but did not continue their education. After completing bridge courses, the dropouts would be taken directly into regular schools.

New bridge schools would be opened in places where the number of students was over 20. These schools would be opened on July 1. Vigilance teams would be constituted to conduct raids on those who engage children as workers. Under the District Labour Department, 16 vigilance teams were already constituted in the district.

Awareness rallies and cultural programmes would be conducted from June 12 to 27. ‘Mass aksharabhyasam’ programme would be conducted on June 18.