Uttarakhand records nearly 100% student enrollment

Dehradun: Uttarakhand has achieved nearly 100 percent enrollment of students in schools this year and the drop out percentage has come down to mere 0.31 percent from 15 percent in 2000-01.

Of the 18.06 lakh children in the age group of 6-14 years in the state, 17.97 lakh (99.50 per cent) have been enrolled in various schools, Uttarakhand Government officials said here.

"The drop out percentage has come down from 15 percent as per 2000-2001 census to 0.31 percent at present," they said. In the last three years, 613 new schools and 594 upper primary schools have been set up under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) in the hill state, the officials said.

The government has been implementing several innovative schemes like 'Sapno ki Udan', 'Pahal' and 'Muskan' under the Centre's flagship programme to improve the quality and reach of education in the State.

The salient features of 'Sapno ki Udan' include organising 'Mobile Schools' to reach out to the children and their parents, to identify and mainstream 'Out-of-School' children, hosting community and educational fairs and conducting regular health camps, Radhika Jha, the State Project Director of SSA, told a visiting team of journalists.

"The Mobile Schools/Multi Purpose Vehicle are equipped with projector, computer library, learning material and other necessary tools. These vehicles are used to provide mobile schooling as well as to extend awareness and motivational campaigns among the masses," she said.