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Govt to launch ‘education fortnight’ programme today

Right to Education, School Management Committee

HYDERABAD: The state government would launch the ‘education fortnight’ programme across the state on Monday during which a door-to-door campaign for enrolment of 5+ aged children, identification of out-of-school children and enrolment in special training centres would be carried out extensively.

Chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy would formally launch the programme at the government high school on Dharam Karan Road in Ameerpet. Officials said the thrust areas would be on quality, universalisation and facilities for education.

Major activities planned for the programme, include admission of girls in Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas, promoting children to a next higher class, organising co-curricular activities, distribution of prizes, opening of book depots in identified schools in convergence with department of public libraries and enforcement of child labour laws.

The programme would also focus on progress of work for drinking water units and toilets under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. Out of the 10,194 toilets sanctioned during 2010-11, 8,215 have been completed and 1,700 are in progress. Similarly, only 508 schools have been provided with drinking water facility during 2010-11 against a target of 745 schools. During 2011-12, 15,465 toilets for girls have been sanctioned and these were proposed to be completed before the start of the next academic year. At least 6,813 drinking water facilities for schools will be taken up during this financial year, said officials.

During the programme, gram sabhas under the chairmanship of village sarpanches to discuss enrolment of children and quality of education in their respective habitations; special focus on enrolment of children in tribal areas, painting the provisions of the Right to Free and Compulsory Education Act (RTE Act) on the walls of public places, including schools and gram panchayat offices and organising samuhika aksharabhyasam in all habitations in the state would be taken up.

Other activities, include orientation of mandal education officers (MEOs), mandal resource persons (MRPs), school management committee (SMC) members on Right To Education provisions, inauguration of newly constructed school buildings, additional classrooms and other infrastructure facilities and distribution of uniforms.

Times of India, June 13, 2011


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