Teams to bring back girls who dropped out of school | Noida News


GHAZIABAD: Once schools reopen on August 23, the teams of the basic education department will fan out in all blocks of the district and collect data about girl children who have dropped out of government schools since the outbreak of the Covid pandemic last year. Their duty will be to identify the issues and ensure that they come back to school.
Junior classes (6 to 8) are set to resume from August 23 while primary classes (1 to 5) will reopen from September 1. Students of classes 1-8 will be allowed to attend school only after the written consent of their parents and those willing to study from home should be allowed to do so.
According to an estimate, about 10,000 girl students studying in government schools (class 1 to 8) might have dropped out of school, but the real figure would be ascertained once schools reopen and classes resume.
There are 455 schools under the basic education department in Ghaziabad and about one lakh students are enrolled with them. The number of girl students would be over 45,000.
According to the sources from the department, about 40% of the students attended online classes. Of this 40% attendance, the attendance of girl students would not be more than 15%. Officials, however, clarified that these figures do not imply that the remaining students have dropped out of the school, and the exact figures would be known only after the survey.
Basic shiksha adhikari (BSA) Brij Bhushan Choudhary said, “The survey will focus on dropouts with special focus on girl children. Five teams have been formed for each of the four blocks (Rajapur, Loni, Bhojpur and Murdnagar) and for the city area. Each team will compile the data from each school under their area and find out the reasons for not coming to school.”
Chaudhary accepted that it would be a challenge for them to bring back the girl students who dropped out of schools during the lockdown and subsequent closure of schools. “We will take all possible measures to bring them back to schools,” he added.
According to teachers, during the closure of schools, online attendance depleted over time. Many students were deprived of education due to lack of resources. Given this, efforts were made to impart education with Doordarshan and other mediums.
Even after when schools reopened this year after dip in Covid cases, majority of parents refused to send the girl students to schools. Teachers tried to counsel parents, but before it could fetch any results, the second wave of the pandemic arrived and schools were closed once again.
Notably, classes 9 to 12 had already begun in the state from August 16. However, the physical classes in schools are being held in two shifts with the 50 per cent attendance requirement, in line with the Covid-19 protocols.

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