Jharkhand to implement awareness program to cut school dropouts

Jharkhand to implement awareness program to cut school dropouts
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First Published: Mon, Jan 14 2008. 12 18 PM IST
Updated: Mon, Jan 14 2008. 12 18 PM IST
PTI
Ranchi: Fazed with a high rate of school dropouts, the Jharkhand government is planning to introduce a series of measures including an awareness programme for “illiterate guardians” to arrest the slide.
“We are planning an awareness programme that will help the guardians realise that education is the real property that they could bequeath their children,” Bandu Tirkey, State’s HRD minister, told PTI.
Dwelling on the proposal with HRD department to encourage parents, he said the government plans to provide a monthly monetary aid to freshers, who belong to the below-poverty-line category, and are admitted at the primary level.
“Under the scheme, a girl child will receive Rs150 and a boy Rs100 during fresh admission, with their guardians being the custodian till the child reaches the age of 18,” Tirkey said.
The government also plans to introduce a new scheme in which college toppers would be provided with laptops to boost education standards of the state.
The laptops would be provided by the Education department to college toppers in science, commerce and arts sections from the next academic year.
“The department is working on a blueprint and making budgetry provision for the scheme,” Tirkey said.
Expressing optimism that these schemes would wean the children towards schools, the HRD minister said his endeavour was to make the people aware of the benefit of education.
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First Published: Mon, Jan 14 2008. 12 18 PM IST