Mahavir Mane, director of the primary education department, Maharashtra have asked education officials across the state to prepare a survey report of dropout school students. The same issue will be discussed in a meeting scheduled to be held in the month of December. He has also asked for the details on number of meetings that have been conducted by the committee which was duly formed by the education officials last month at the district and zilla parishad level.
During the meeting held in October at Mantralaya, the officials were issued orders by the education minister to give priority to the survey plan of out-of-school students. The meeting was attended by the principal secretary of school education and other senior education officials. Even the education officials at that time were issued ultimatum by the ministers officials to finalize the number of school dropouts and bring them back to the school.
In lieu of this the primary education department director has now called all the divisional deputy directors, education heads of all municipal corporations and secondary schools for the meeting scheduled to be held in the month of December regarding the out of school students, who were surveyed, and their plan. The plan about the meeting was sent to the officials on November 21, 2015.
When asked about the circular, Prashant Redij, Mumbai President of Maharashtra Permanent Unaided Schools Association said “I feel the circular that have been issued is to finalize the total number of students out of school that were surveyed by education officials.”
For the meeting to be held in December, officials have been asked to bring in the reports of surveys conducted on their part. The report to be submitted by the officials shall feature the number of committees that have been formed and mapping of out-of-school students. The officials will also have to send the details of meeting they had arranged for the surveys at zilla and taluka level latest by Monday on the prescribed email address of the director of primary education.
In other news, Maharashtra education department recently prepared the draft for national education policy and uploaded it on its official web portal, but after receiving criticism over the draft, the same was taken down soon. Clarifying over the report, Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde clarified that it was the draft which was scrapped and not the education policy. Read more about it here.