Cops will try to 'beat' dropout rate

Cops will try to 'beat' dropout rate

Rural sub-inspector K R Ganesh interacts with students  before the launch of school enrolment drive in Muduvadi in  Kolar taluk. DH photo This time, the district rural police are extending an helping an hand by assisting the department to ensure there are no dropouts.

The offer by police to monitor and check the dropout rate during their ‘beats’ in the villages, despite their tight schedule, has bolstered the DPI’s enthusiasm for working toward the objective of ‘education for all’.

The rural police jurisdiction covers 256 villages, the highest number in any police station limits in the State. The distance between some of the villages here is a measure of the challenge that rural police have to face. The distance between Patna and H Hosur is 40 km and Kendatti village and it is 28 km between Thamballi Gate and so on. Despite such huge boundaries, the police personnel have come forward to help the education department.

How do they work

All the 42 personnel of the station are the ‘activists’ of the drive. Like their crime beat, the police will gather information about the school dropouts from school headmasters and also from parents.

“We will try to find out the reason for children to drop out of the school. If possible, we will evolve a solution to address their problem. We identified two dropouts at Muduvadi school, who had joined a different school. This came to light during our beat. We are happy,” Rural station sub-inspector K R Ganesh told Deccan Herald.

The school enrolment drive should not remain a ceremonial programme on day one, but a continuous process. “Each resident of the village must contribute. Co-operation of parents is essential,” he added.

“During our beats, we always try to find out about school dropouts. This would help the authorities concerned to keep a track of the school dropouts in the district and can address the issue, effectively,” he added.

“The district will have no record of school dropouts if the other police stations follow them,” he said, adding that the district Superintendent of Police would be apprised about it, he added.

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