The central government is mulling over the idea of making education up to class 10 free for the students. This will be applicable in all the state-run government schools across the nation. The decision to introduce free education till class 10 is part of the HRD ministry planning to refurbish the old system of free education in the country. Under the new educational plan, the secondary education system will be changed to ensure there is universal education among students.
Presently, free and compulsory education is provided to students in the government run schools free till class 8. But there still is a long gap to achieve the universal education goals for the country, as pointed out by the UNICEF. According to the reports, 36% of the candidates leave their studies in between, even before completing their elementary education. This is creating a gap in the education for them and is increasing the dropout rates. The government has decided to take firm steps to cope up with the issue by introducing a new education policy.
From the next month onwards, the government has planned to track various integrated child development services such as mid-day meals, iron supplements and de-worming medication through smartphones by the concerned education departments.
According to the Joint Secretary of Ministry of Women and Child Development, Rajesh Kumar, “The ministry of women and child development and the health ministry have jointly developed advanced software to ensure that these services reach the actual beneficiaries. We must make good use of the IT services at our disposal.”