Children's census from Jan 5

About 5,663 enumerators and 594 supervisors will take part in census

As many as 5,663 enumerators and 594 supervisors will take part in the four-day process.

Informing this at a press conference here on Saturday, Deputy Director of Public Instructions (DDPI) C Chame Gowda said all persons under 18-year-age would be taken into account during the present year’s census.

“As per the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan introduced by the Central government on the lines of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, all persons under 18-year-age are considered ‘children’. Hence, the census will consider all those under 18 this time,” he said.

The 5,663 enumerators are supposed to visit all 4,36,281 families in the district. As many as 989 teachers in Bantwal (73,605 families), 831 teachers in Belthangady (62,350 families), 800 teachers in Mangalore city (80,000 families), 1,527 enumerators in Mangalore taluk (1,11,365 families), 291 enumerators in Moodabidre (21,411 families), 800 enumerators in Puttur (55,622 families) and 425 teachers in Sullia (31,928 families) will be working during the census.

During 2008 census, 3,675 enumerators had visited a total of 3,67,532 families.
Chame Gowda said special consideration would be given to the children of migrant labourers and street children during the census, particularly on the last day- January 8.

The help of high school teachers is also being taken this time.
The census will be conducted from 7 am to 8 pm. The final data of the census will be ready by the end of February, he informed.

Koraga families

N Shivaprakash, the Deputy Project Coordinator of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan said as per the special instructions of the DC, information on the Koraga families in the district would be separately collected.

“There are more school drop outs among the Koraga children. The data on such children would be useful to bring them to the mainstream,” he said.

Apart from agewise, classwise, castewise and genderwise classification, the present census is going to collect specific information on children with multiple disabilities, DDPI added.

3-day holiday for schools

The DDPI said holidays have been declared for all schools in the district from January 5 to 8 in the backdrop of the census.

Holidays apply to all primary and high schools - government, aided, unaided and those with CBSE and ICSE syllabus. Disciplinary action would be taken against those who do not cooperate with the census, he said.

A helpline (0824-2451248) will be functioning in connection with the census. Public can call the helpline if no enumerators visit their houses, the DDPI said.

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