BEd, MEd students to help bring back school dropouts

BEd, MEd students  to help bring back school dropouts

Students studying B.Ed, M.Ed, BSW and MSW in government and aided colleges across the state have been asked to help bring back school dropouts. However, the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) that has been spearheading the initiative to decrease the number of out of school children or (OOSc) in the state, is not kept in the loop on the circular issued by the Department of Collegiate Education (DCE).

The circular, released last month, mentions that the Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (KSCPCR) had requested such a project under activities that fall under the RTE Act.

Kripa Alva, chairperson, KSCPCR, told Deccan Herald: “I had spoken to Kimmane Ratnakar (primary and secondary education minister) as well as Ajay Seth (Principal secretary of primary and secondary education department) about this initiative and told them that it would start from April. I had asked for M.Ed, B.Ed, BSW and MSW to be enrolled for this as part of a compulsory internship. Besides the DCE, involvement of various other departments has been sought. As many as 1.50 lakh students from around the state would be required for the initiative.”

Asked if they had received any directive on the participation of government college students in the initiative, officials from the SSA said they had not heard of anything of the sort. “We usually have been taking help of NGOs and gram panchayat members in our OOSc interventions like conducting surveys and bridge programmes,” said an official. Another official said: “This is the first time I am hearing of such an initiative involving college students in the OOSc intervention.”

PC Jaffer, State Project Director, SSA was unavailable for comment despite repeated attempts. Chakravarthi Mohan, Commissioner, DCE said he was not aware of the circular.
DH News Service

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