Tamil Nadu To Provide Training For School Dropouts In Special Training Centres

Chennai: Tamil Nadu’s school education department has planned a master plan where the state will accommodate school dropouts between the ages of 6 and 18 in special training centres.

These training centers are managed by the integrated school education department. The
the department will begin a door-to-door survey from December 19 to January 11 to track school dropouts among 6- to 18-year-olds.

According to a recent study by the school education department, there are about 80,000 dropouts in state schools.

The school education department will use the services of block resource educators, special educators, activists, physiotherapists, anganwadi teachers, school principals, teachers and social welfare department officials to conduct the survey.

NGOs working among children and self-help groups will also be roped in for the survey.

In Tamil Nadu, according to a 2017 government order, students who have not attended classes continuously for 30 working days are considered dropouts. Those with irregular school attendance are considered potential dropouts.

Students who do not attend classes continuously for 15 working days are also considered to be dropouts and the school education department has come up with special training programs for these students.

Speaking to IANS, Rajashekharan R. Gounder, a teacher in Coimbatore, said, “It is a good move by the state government and we will check the reason behind these children not going to school, from family problems to lack of enthusiasm for studies. Poverty, psychological problems and many serious problems. “.

He said that after a proper survey, he will arrive at a broader idea on the matter and after tracking these school dropouts, they would be taken out for special training programs that help them get jobs.

School education department officials said the concentration of dropouts could be higher this year. The services of the school principal and other teachers will be used for this purpose.

The respective district collectors will conduct a preliminary survey of the officials of the education department on December 15 and 16, to establish the program. The rural department will also be roped in to create awareness about the survey
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