5,586 girl students in DK to get ` 2 a day

'Chinnara Angala' will commence from April 22

After  serious concern raised by the Karnataka High Court over increasing number of out of school children in the state, the Department of Public Instructions has taken few steps to attract students back to the portal of the school.

To increase enrollment in government-run schools, the government has introduced a programme to give each girl child Rs 2 a day for attending Class 1 from January 1 to April 10, 2014. It will cover 72 working days in all government schools. 

According to the sources in the department, the government has released Rs 4, 42, 66,752 for the implementation of the scheme in 34 educational districts in the state on March 7, through Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT).

Out of this, Dakshina Kannada has received Rs 8, 04,384, while Udupi district has received Rs 3, 99,456. In the DK district, there are 5,586 girl students in class one including 780 from SC, 369 from ST, 1,931 minorities and 2,506 other communities.In Udupi district, there are 2,774 students, including 294 from SC, 239 from ST and 239 minority communities. 

As per the plan, the Deputy Directors of SSA distributes the funds to School Development and Monitoring Committees (SDMCs) through the Block Education Officers (BEOs).  The SDMCs will transfer the money to the joint account created in the name of the child and her parents in any of the nationalised banks. The information on money distribution should be shared in the School Development and Monitoring Committee or parents meeting, said a circular. 

“The High Court had directed the State government to initiate measures to decrease  the number of out of school children. Though out of school children are less in coastal districts, the scheme would help in attracting kids to schools. The money has already been released to BEOs,” said Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Dakshina Kannada Project Co-coordinator N Shivaprakash to Deccan Herald. 

‘Chinnara Angala’ from April 22 

Chinnara Angala programme to bring dropouts back to school will commence from April 22.  Under the programme, those children aged between six and 13, and have not entered the portals of the school will be admitted to a nearby school.

Later, they will undergo a three-month training in special training centres, till July 21. Various programmes will be organised during the period according to Individual Education Plan (IEP). 

Special training 

The government will open 1,529 special training centres in the State and 33,333 students have been identified for special training. 

The government has released Rs 1.62 crore for the purpose. Dakshina Kannada district will have nine centres and 240 children will undergo the training. The district has received Rs 1.16 lakh for the implementation. Udupi has 13 centres and the number of students is 382. The Udupi district has received Rs 1.82 lakh. 

As per the rule, each centre will have a maximum of 25 students. One teacher and a NGO representative will be appointed for each centre. District Resource Group (DRG) members should inform and train the teachers. Teachers will get a honorarium of Rs 360 per child and Rs 127 for stationaries, every month. Chinnara Angala training book and a handbook has been supplied to the teachers. 

Hostel facility

Cluster Resource Persons(CRP) and head teachers should bring the children to the school. 

After the training the students will be enrolled to different classes as per their learning capacity and age. Needy children will be provided with hostel facility. Girl students can be admitted to Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV), sources added    

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