Education Ministry asks states to compile data on out-of-school students

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NEW DELHI: The Education Ministry said on Friday it has developed an online module to compile data on out-of-school children, asking states and union territories to download a quarterly progress report.

The data is also expected to be mapped with Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan Special Training Centers (STCs), the ministry said.

In a letter to the states, the ministry’s school education department said compiling this data set will help bring children back to classrooms, which is a key goal of the new national education policy. .

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“Caring for every Indian student is our government’s top priority. As a result, the @DselEduMinistry has developed an online module to compile data of out-of-school children identified by each state / UT and map special training centers on the PRABANDH portal, ”Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal said separately. in an article on Twitter.

Information on all out-of-school children and identified STCs should be uploaded at the block level under the Block Resource Coordinator. A quarterly progress report and a user manual are shared on the portal.

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The move comes as experts and academics believe millions of students have dropped out of school as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, with educational institutions shutting down. Reverse migration, which urban India witnessed during both waves of the pandemic, has compounded the problems.

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