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Education department to conduct major enrollment drives in government schools

Last Updated on November 6, 2021 at 5:20 pm

The government schools have witnessed a decline in the student enrollment since last year. In order to control this situation the School Education Department has taken a major step. School Education Department is planning to conduct a major enrollment drive for increasing the population of government schools.

A circular in this regard has been issued in which the Director School Education Kashmir (DSEK) has ordered all the Chief Education Officers (CEOs), Zonal Education Officers (ZEOs) and schools heads to hold enrollment drives in their jurisdiction from November 10 to 15 this year to facilitate optimum enrollment in government schools.

Talking about the official figures, the enrollment of students at elementary level in government schools witnessed a dip by 1.75 lakh students in a year.

According to the Department of School Education and Literacy (DSEL) government of India (GoI), the enrolment of students in government schools across J&K decreased by 2 percent.

As per the official figures, the enrolment decreased by 0.2 lakh at the primary level and 0.1 lakh at the upper primary level, which resulted in a decrease of 0.34 lakh enrolment at the elementary level.

As per reports, the decrease was about 0.07 lakh at secondary level and 0.04 lakh at the higher secondary level.

The government schools also witnessed a fall in the retention rate which was 60 percent at elementary level and 50 percent at secondary level.

Since last year, the department was prompted to start the village-level survey to identify the OoSC and door-to-door enrollment drive after witnessing a dip in student population in government schools.

This year, the DSEK would formally start the enrollment drive from Kupwara district on November 10 for which all the concerned officials have been instructed to hold the activity with immediate effect and document the achievements as well.

For the enrollment drive, teachers and heads of schools have been asked to follow the door-to-door policy and organize rallies by children and conduct camps for holding discussion with parents to motivate them for enrolling kids in government schools.