Monday, June 22, 2009
New admission drive fails to gain momentum in village school.
The three-day new admission drive has been initiated in the aided primary schools in villages across Gujarat to improve literacy rate in general and female literacy ratio in particular.
But despite all support from the government machinery, the move, which began on Thursday, has received lukewarm response in many villages in the district.
V D Varu, the deputy primary education officer and in-charge deputy collector (Mid-day meal scheme), said: “On first Day, I visited five villages namely Evenagar, Padariya, Plaswa, Vijapur and Sodwadar of Junagadh taluka. In Evenagar, 73 new admissions were registered in Class I. However, the response was below expectations. Surprisingly, not a single male guardian turned up. Eight female guardians came for the admission of their wards.”
According to Varu, the situation was not different in the other four villages he visited.
Following this, he has instructed school authorities to hold teachers-parents meeting at least once a month and that too during evenings to ensure better attendance by laborer parents.
“The state government provides free education, uniforms, text books, school bags and mid-day meals. Now it is the people’s responsibility to extend support to this drive and help create education awareness in the society,” said Varu.
According to official data, 16,309 girls and 18,051 boys have taken admission in aided primary schools in the district during the three-day drive.
Senior government officials have been deployed to spread education awareness in villages across the state.
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