Maharashtra principals to ensure no kid out of school

Updated: Dec 02, 2016, 19:22 IST | Pallavi Smart

The state has issued a deadline for schools to find children who are out of school and bring them back into mainstream education. As per a statement issued by the government, if any child is found out of school with­i­n 3 km radius of a government school, the principal would be held responsible

The state has issued a deadline for schools to find children who are out of school and bring them back into mainstream education. As per a statement issued by the government, if any child is found out of school with­i­n 3 km radius of a government school, the principal would be held responsible.

However, many school principals say that the government must go beyond offering midday meals to attract children. Prashant Red­ij, spokesperson for Maharashtra School Principals’ Association, said, “Most of these kids are form age group of 11-14, who start with small jobs to earn wha­tever they can for the family. A midday meal isn’t enough to retain them.”

Echoing similar views, the principal of a government school in Kandivali said, “I have been witness to numerous instances of out-of-school children being enrolled, only to drop out months later. Until the government addresses their primary problem — the condition of their livelihood — the situation will not change.”

Meanwhile, educationist Heramb Kul­k­­arni said, “The out-of-school campaign needs thorough monitoring. The government needs to keep checking figures to re-enroll student dropouts every months.”

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