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Steps to bring back school dropouts

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Register of all Wayanad schools to be checked on Jan. 4

A meeting of the District Development Committee (DDC), chaired by District Collector A.R. Ajayakumar, has directed the Deputy Director of Education to check the enrolment register of students of all schools in the district on January 4 to curb dropout of children, especially tribal children, from schools.

Many children earn money by joining the coffee and areca nut harvest during Christmas vacation and then drop out of schools, the meeting assessed.

“If students are absent after Christmas vacation, school authorities should take steps to bring them back with the assistance of the Janamaithri police,” Mr. Ajayakumar said. The meet directed the Education Department officials to submit details of Class 10 students.

If necessary, special coaching would be provided to students who lag behind in studies, Mr. Ajayakumar said. The meet also assessed that better results could be made in the district in SSLC examination by following the step. It also asked the District Medical Officer to submit an action plan to tackle malnutrition and anaemia among tribal students.

Deputy Director of Dairy Department said the department could provide cattle free of cost to those dairy farmers who had lost their cattle in the recent deluge.

400 cows to farmers

As many as 176 cows and 45 calves were killed in the flood in the district. Thirty-four cows and 100 calves were given to dairy farmers under the ‘Donate a Cow’ programme of the department so far. The department was planning to provide 400 cows to farmers this financial year under various projects, he said. C.K. Saseendran and O.R. Kelu, MLAs; K.B. Naseema, district panchayat president; and Wayanad subcollector N.S.K. Umesh attended the meet.

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