Published: 12th May 2018
Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan annual survey finds 111 school dropouts in Namakkal block
In surveys for dropouts, it considers those up to 18 years of age. Annual surveys are conducted block-wise during April-May
The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), which began its annual survey of dropouts on April 16, has identified 111 school dropouts in Namakkal block so far. The survey will be completed by the end of May.
“In this block, we are surveying 166 places in rural areas and 39 places classed as urban. We have so far found 111 students who have discontinued their studies,” SSA supervisor M Saraswathi said. The SSA team has collected lists of dropouts from 88 schools in Namakkal block.
In surveys for dropouts, it considers those up to 18 years of age. Annual surveys are conducted block-wise during April-May. The government launched SSA with the aim of providing elementary education to all children in the 6-14-year age group.
There are many poultry farms and bodybuilding units of lorries in Namakkal where many North Indian workers are employed. They go for work early in the morning and most of their children do not go to school. Even if they are put in school, the kids lie to their parents that they attend school regularly, even if they do not go.“This is a main problem in our block,” said Saraswathi.
There are many for children dropping out of schools, say teachers. However, once they are identified, SSA intervenes and puts them back in school. “We come across different types of school dropouts. Sometimes, children from the same family do not attend classes after January.
They give family circumstances as the reason. In some places, the parents themselves do not want to send their children to school. But we always explain to them the importance of education,” said a teacher.“We have more time to complete our survey. It will be continued till the month-end. All the dropouts will be sent to school in June,” the teacher added.