Rajasthan to try to get drop-outs back to school
Rajasthan will start a massive drive across the
state from July 1 to bring over a million school drop-outs back to the classroom,
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said Thursday.
Those teachers who produce good results during the drive will be awarded by the
government, he said. A child tracking survey (CTS)
conducted by the state education department recently put the number of school drop-outs
at a staggering 1.2 million.
"This will be a month-long drive and will be part of our ambitious plan to bring
about 100 percent literacy in the state," said Gehlot. He added that during the
drive, the teachers at primary schools will contact parents in every household and
urge them to send their children to school.
Letters will be sent from the chief minister, the education minister, the chief
secretary and other senior administrative officials to the local public representatives
urging them to take part in the initiative.
"Each teacher will be given a target of bringing at least two children to schools,"
According to the CTS survey, at least 30,996 children between the age group 6-14
are not going to school in Jaipur alone.
Children rights activists have welcomed the initiative and said that if the drive
is run seriously, it may change the education scenario in India.