Saturday, 24 November 2012

Education of Children in Naxal Affected and Tribal Areas

New Delhi:(Page3 News Network)-As per School Education Statistics (SES) brought out by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, drop out rates in the States with Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected districts have been showing a decreasing trend in many areas since inception of SSA. However, in a few areas, the progress is not satisfactory. 
In order to address the problem of drop out in LWE affected states, SSA provides for: 
• Opening of new schools, new/ additional teachers depending on enrolment and all other SSA activities. 
• Residential schools/ hostels - there are 77 residential schools/ hostels in LWE districts with intake capacity of 31650 children. 
• KGBVs – girls’ residential schools for classes VI – VIII, 889 are in LWE districts. 
• Coordination with Ashram Shalas and other SC/ ST department schools by giving (i) free text books (ii) mid day meal (iii) Teacher training (iv) school/ maintenance grant (v) teacher grant for teaching aids. 
• Encourage Multi Lingual Education (MLE) in early grades in tribal districts of Odisha (10 tribal languages), AP (8 dialects/ languages- Gondi, Kolami, Banjara, Koya, Adivasi Oriya, Konda, Kuvi&Savara), Jharkhand (5 tribal languages) and Chhattisgarh (7 tribal languagaes). The instruction in home language in early grades improves learning comprehension and retention, acting as a bridge language to the learning of the State language. Recruitment of local teachers is also encouraged in these districts. 
• Special training for drop outs/ never enrolled through for age appropriate admission in regular schools has been sanctioned for 6,59,668 out of school children at a cost of Rs 33280.32 lakhs. 
• Transportation/ escort facility for total of 47,909 children has been provided in 2011-12 and 2012-13 in LWE districts. 
LWE districts are treated as Special Focused districts for need based planning and sanctions. 
This information was given by the Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Dr. Shashi Tharoor in Rajya Sabha today. 

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