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Govt schools register admission of over 31000 new students

 

With 10,000 admissions, Baramulla leads in enrolment drive

nagar, Dec 8: The enrolment
drive started by the school edu-
cation department has gained
momentum with new admis-
sion of over 31152 students made
within two weeks in 4051 govern-
ment schools having primary
classes.
As per official figures there are
around 10789 government schools
out of which 4051 schools have pri-
mary classes as well.
The Directorate of School Edu-
cation Kashmir (DSEK) started a
comprehensive village level survey
to identify and enrol Out of School
Children (OoSC) besides making
new admission of students in kin-
dergarten classes.
As per the official figures,
Baramulla district has taken a
lead in making fresh admissions
of students of different ages groups
in government schools. The district
has 1223 schools with primary sec-
tions which have witnessed fresh
admission of over 10033 students
in the past two weeks. Baramulla
district is followed by Kupwara
where fresh admissions of over 8776
students have been made in govern-
ment school during the enrolment
drive.
The department has started the
exhaustive exercise to control the
rate of the OoSC and also increase
the enrolment in the government
educational institutions.
The school teachers are active-
ly participating in the enrolment
drive for OoSC at village level
besides offering admissions to stu-
dents for kindergarten classes in
the government schools.
The department was prompted
to start the village level survey to
identify the OoSC and door to door
enrolment drive after witnessing
a dip in student population in gov-
ernment schools.
This newspaper earlier reported
that the enrolment at elementary
level in government schools was
decreased by 1.75 lakh in the 2019-
20 academic year. The department
also fared poorly on retention rate
at primary, upper primary and sec-
ondary level classes in government
schools.
The grim picture of the student
population in government schools
was revealed at a Project Approval
Board (PAB) meeting chaired by
secretary education and literacy in
the Ministry of Human Resource
Development (MHRD) in June this
year.
The government schools also
witnessed decline in the retention
rate which was only 60 percent at
elementary level and only 50 per-
cent at secondary level.
Meanwhile, Anantnag district
has made new admission of over
3794 students in government
schools during the enrolment
drive, Bandipora-3431, Budgam-
3283, Ganderbal-2876, Kulgam-1595,
Srinagar-1583, Shopian-588 and Pul-
wama-494 students.
Also, two government school
teachers also admitted their kids
in government primary school Mir
Muhalla in Hardupanzoo area of
Budgam district.
The DSEK, Muhammad Younis
Malik complimented the teachers,
heads of institutions besides zonal
and district level officers of the
department for making the enrol-
ment drive a success.
“The increase of over 30000
students in government schools
in a period of two weeks is a big
achievement for us. Our teach-
ers succeeded in building con-
fidence among the children,”
Malik said.
He further said the teacher
counsellors have also reached out
to over 2.5 lakh students during
lockdown and pandemic situation
in order to provide them counsel-
ling regarding mental stress, aca-
demic issues amid the COVID19
pandemic.
“With the start of enrolment
drive, the department is firm to
leave no stone unturned in reach-
ing out to all students even those
living at the tail end be it through
online classes, tele-classes or radio
broadcast classes,” he said.
He said the J&K government has
approved 2500 more kindergarten
schools in addition to the existing
schools which have started KG
classes.
“A massive outreach is needed to
ensure that no student is left out or
deprived of free and quality educa-
tion which is entitled to students
under the RTE Act,” he said

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