Back to School programme moving at a snail’s pace

Back to School programme moving at a snail’s pace
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The ‘Back to School’ programme to bring back the school dropouts in the age group of 6 to 14 years is said to be moving on at a snail’s pace in East Godavari district.

Kakinada: The ‘Back to School’ programme to bring back the school dropouts in the age group of 6 to 14 years is said to be moving on at a snail’s pace in East Godavari district.

As per the figures available with SSA (Sarva Siksha Abhiyan), a wing in education department, which takes care of this activity, a total 1,442 schoolchildren stopped attending school during the academic year 2016-17.

These children were identified in all the 64 mandals, including those from four Polavaram submerging mandals Chintur, Yetapaka, V R Puram and Nellipadu.

Among the school dropouts, Maredumilli mandal in East Godavari Agency leads the list with 150, Korukonda 118, Tallarevu 94, Peddapuram with 76, Rajamahendravaram rural with 63, followed by Rajavommangi 59, Katrenikona fishermen dominated mandal with 65 leading the list of school dropouts in the district.

However, as far as details of readmitting the dropouts in schools are concerned, only seven mandals out of 64 identified showed 180 dropouts. These mandals are Alamuru, Amalapuram, Kajukuru, Katrenikona, Kothapeta, Mummidivaram and Rajanagaram.

Even among the 180 students, only 111 joined back in schools. As far as the remaining 69, different reasons, including migrations are being quoted for not joining back.

Speaking to The Hans India here on Friday, Teacher’s union UTF state committee member K Satti Raju said that lack of sincere efforts on the part of the officials concerned to bring the dropouts back to schools was one of the main reasons for the situation.

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