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Open-air schools for children of migrant labourers

R. Avadhani
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First lessons:Mandal Education Officer D. Anjaiah with children at a worksite school in Jharasangham in Medak district on Monday.— PHOTO: MOHD. ARIF
First lessons:Mandal Education Officer D. Anjaiah with children at a worksite school in Jharasangham in Medak district on Monday.— PHOTO: MOHD. ARIF

Education was the first casualty of children of migrant labourers. However, all that is a thing of the past with the authorities opening work-site schools for their benefit.

One such instance is the worksite school located at the Krishnapur sugar cutting centre. It caters to the children of migrant labourers from Chintaki village of Bidar district of Karnataka working in the local stone crushing units.

Similarly, 10 other children at Kuppnagar were also admitted in another worksite school. They are from Kandar village in Nanded district of Maharashtra. The vidya volunteers appointed in these schools are teaching in the mother tongue of the students. The number of children getting admitted into worksite schools has increased three times compared to last year. While the number of children studying in worksite schools during 2010-11 was 467, this has increased to 1,573 during 2011-12. Currently, 52 worksite schools are running in the district with 142 vidya volunteers. Rajiv Vidya Mission (RVM) has been paying wages to the vidya volunteers.

The administration has directed the crusher owners and construction agencies to provide infrastructure to run these schools.

“We are providing teaching and learning material to these schools. An amount of Rs. 4,000 per month as wages is being paid to vidya volunteers,” said Surendra Karan, project director, RVM.


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