93K students not going to school in J&K, of these 40K not taken admission

Deep Sharma. Updated: 8/10/2022 10:13:09 AM Front Page

Jammu: It sounds astonishing but is a fact that more than 93000 thousand students have either dropped or not going to school and out of these 40000 have not taken admission in the educational institutions across the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, revealed a survey conducted by the Samagra Shiksha.
“There are more than 93,000 children in the Union Territory who are not studying as either they have dropped out of school or are not attending it,” said the Survey.
It has come to limelight as per the survey that children who stayed away from schools were traced to find out the drop out.
“According to the report 93,480 children are not going to school in Jammu and Kashmir. Of these, nearly 40,000 children did not take admissions while about 45,000 left school after fifth or sixth standard,” said the survey adding that in Jammu and Kashmir, the maximum number of dropped out children or are not going to school were found in the Ramban district.
As per the report, the highest number of such children in Ramban district is 10492.
Similarly, 2345 in Jammu, 7443 in Rajouri, 4685 in Kathua, 7619 in Udhampur, 5309 in Poonch, 3885 in Doda, 6702 in Reasi, 6578 in Kishtwar, 712 in Samba, 6939 in Baramulla, 3311 in Kupwara, 4585 in Anantnag , 6922 in Budgam, 715 in Pulwama, 4616 in Kulgam, 2637 in Srinagar, 4100 in Bandipora, 1613 in Shopian and 2272 in Ganderbal.
“By conducting such surveys from time to time, the children who do not go to school or have dropped out are identified so that efforts are made by the Education Department to reduce the drop out figures,” said an official.
“The survey was started in the month of May during which we identified the dropped out and those children who are not going to school,” he said.
The official said that about 93000 children were found not going to school between the age group of six to 18 years.
“Our effort will be to bring them back to school,” he said.
The Jammu and Kashmir Samagra Shiksha’s mobile application ‘Talash’ helped to map the children not enrolled in the mainstream education.
“A mobile application ‘Talaash’ was developed in collaboration with UNICEF-India, which helps to map the children who are not enrolled in the mainstream education,” said an official.
He reiterated that under Samagra Shiksha, several initiatives have been taken for identification and mainstreaming of out of school children.
About 23,317 surveyors were trained to conduct search surveys in 188 areas and 20 districts of Jammu and Kashmir, officials revealed adding that as per the teachers surveyed the districts so far, have found that on an average, one child in every tenth house has dropped out of school for different reasons mostly because of financial crisis.
TALAASH application is the digitized version of the pen paper forms which allows data collection from fields and it supports real time data validation, making sure that the data collected is worthy of analysis later.
Updated On 8/10/2022 10:20:26 AM

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