Special school enrollment campaign in offing


Himalayan News Service

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Department of Education (DoE) is launching a special student enrollment campaign from the new academic session to increase primary level admissions.

The net enrollment rate of children in the primary level is 94.5 per cent, which means more than 5 per cent children are still out of school.

DoE has plans to launch advocacy programmes in targeted areas in 46 districts including Kathmandu for targeted groups of children.

Ganesh Poudel, deputy director, Gender Equity Section, DoE, said they were going to launch advocacy programmes to enroll 100 per cent children in schools.

He said, “We used to organise door-to-door campaigns in every district in the past to enroll more students but as such programmes failed to meet the target, we decided to change the programme and begin a new one on demand basis.”

According to Poudel, special groups of children such as children of indigenous nationalities, bonded labourers such as kamaiyas, haliyas, badi women and others still do not have access to schools.

“The government has special package programmes for such groups of children but they are unaware of these packages,” he said adding, “Therefore, this year, we are going to give the message to guardians and children in pocket areas regarding the opportunities provided for them.”

The government provides scholarships, free textbooks and other special facilities for children from disadvantaged groups and remote areas. Poudel stated that the government had selected 22 people from disadvantaged groups and backward communities to bring their children to school from the new academic session starting April 14.

The advocacy campaign for student enrollment will be launched in 46 districts such as Kailali, Kanchanpur, Banke, Bardiya, Dang, Surkhet and others including Kathmandu district.

“We are not going to open new schools for children in difficult situation, but we will modify the school system and structure to make it child-friendly for the special targeted children,” he added.

Poudel also stated they had directed District Education Officers and Resource persons in the districts to launch the student enrollment campaign effectively to meet the set goal.

According to Nepal Education in Figures 2010 Report, total enrollment of students in primary level (Grade I to V) is 4,900,663 with 50 per cent girls in 31,655 primary schools across the country.

(Source: The Himalayantimes)