GURUGRAM: The state education department has decided to do away with hurdles in the admission process to bring children who have dropped out of schools back to classrooms.
In a letter to all district education officers, the Haryana School Shiksha Pariyojna Parishad has said that parents of out-of-school kids need not produce Aadhaar cards or school leaving certificates to enrol them in schools again.
The education department has directed the officials to identify the total number of school dropouts in their areas and enrol them in the nearest state-run schools at the earliest.
“It is part of our programme to identify out-of-school children and bring them back to schools to expand the coverage of education in the state. We had received feedback from teachers and school heads that a lot of children want to join the schooling system but face hurdles due to the lack of documents like Aadhaar card or the school leaving certificate. So, we have decided to ease them and facilitate maximum admissions. School teachers can later get ensure that such children are issued necessary documentation,” said a senior official in the education department.
In March this year, TOI had reported that the education department was planning to mainstream out-of-school children across 22 districts. A door-to-door survey in Gurugram had revealed there were around 4,100 such kids in the district. Of them, over 1,300 are aged below seven years.
Officials said they would ensure kids below seven years were enrolled directly into Class 1 of the nearest primary school.
Those in the age group of 8 to 14 years would be trained with a six-month-long bridge course and then allotted age-appropriate classes in the academic session starting March 2022. The bridge course will start in September this year.
The department has also directed officials to ensure no teacher is tasked with any non-academic work and that they are engaged in enrolling as many out-of-school children as possible. The officials have been given a week to submit a report on the number of teachers who have been appointed for the admission process.