The School of Mass Education Department in Orissa has implemented recently a set of guidelines which would look into the sudden rise in the number of school dropouts, due to various reasons. The new guidelines got approval from the School and Mass Education Minister Debi Prasad Mishra after he met with his department officials and members of UNICEF.
The guidelines state that if a child remains absent continuously for a period of seven days, the concerned class teacher of the school in which the student is studying will go to the parents’ house, interact with them and counsel the child to attend the school, regularly. After ten days gap the headmaster would have to visit the parents’ house and interact with the parents concerned and counsel them. If the parents still don’t allow their children to go to school and they remain absent for at a stretch of 15 days, the school management committee management members or the local panchayat functionary would go the parents and the child to convince the child, so that they can attend regular school. At last, if a child does not come to the school continuously for a period of 30 days after all the efforts indicated above, the child will be identified as Out of School (Drop out), will be mentioned as such in the Admission Register and Attendance Register.
The above mentioned efforts would have to be taken by the schools in order to keep the children inside the premises of the school pursuing their studies. For such managements the Headmaster at school level for the purpose could spend upto Rs 5000. The District Education Officer, need to monitor the plan for at least once in a month in their monthly review meeting, to check the status of the programme.
As per the guidelines, the children who remain absent for 30 days and come back to school would get re-admitted and if it is necessary there would be remedial classes on offer for the child given by the existing teachers of the school.