May 16, 2006 TIMES NEWS NETWORK
BANGALORE: Good news, there are more kids going to school than ever before! The annual 2006 child census figures, to be released on Tuesday, shows that out-of-school children in the 7-14 age group in the state has dropped from 1.05 lakh in 2005 to 75,825 this year.
With the introduction of several incentive schemes, the dropout number has shrunk from 59,002 in 2005 to 50,569 this year.
In the 'neverenrolled' category the figures are down from 46,035 to 25,166. One of the main reasons for children dropping out of school is migration.
"In their regard, an inter-state task force has been constituted. The task force members are Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Goa and Kerala. We will ensure that even migrants from neighbouring states are educated," official sources said.
The highest number of dropouts are in the Gulbarga (57.15%), followed by Belgaum (20.73%), Bangalore (14.41) and Mysore (7.71).
According to the census, 60% of the out-of-school children are in 10 districts – Yadgir, Gulbarga, Bellary, Raichur, Bijapur, Koppal, Bidar, Bagalkot, Bangalore South and Uttara Kannada.
Yadgir has the highest number of out-of-school children (13,258), ahead of Gulbarga (8,733) and Raichur (7,560).
"We will send the list of out-of-school children to all headmasters who will maintain a register of names of dropouts and monitor the status. School Development and Monitoring Committees (SDMCs) and gram sabhas will take up remedial action to mainstream children,"sources said.
The study shows that there are more girls, who have remained out of school than the boys. Of the 75,825 children, 39,084 are girls and 36,741 in the 7-14 year category.
But there has been a reduction in the percentage of out-of-school girls from 1.62 per cent to 1.21 per cent. This is the first time that the children Census was carried out in collaboration with other stake-holding departments – labour, social welfare, municipal corporation.
A night census, to identify dropouts in urban areas, was also conducted at bus stands and railway stations.