Friday, 20 September 2013

'Form panel to bring back school dropouts'

The High Court of Karnataka on Wednesday directed the State government to form a committee of secretaries of various departments to bring dropouts back to schools and ensure proper implementation of the schemes meant for them.

During the hearing of a suo motu petition on enforcing the Right to Education Act, the Division Bench comprising Chief Justice DHWaghela and Justice BVNagarathna said the committee should convene a meeting and come out with a plan for ensuring 100 per cent enrolment and retention of children by next date of hearing.

The Bench said the departments concerned should discuss preventing children dropping out from schools and ensure implementation of the schemes meant for them.

Social activist Kathyayini Chamaraj, in her submission said several eligible students were not getting scholarship. The Bench directed her to provide details of all the scholarship schemes, hurdles in implementing them and also suggestions on improving implementation.

On a suggestion to redefine the term 'school dropouts' by Chamaraj as well as the amicus curiae, Adithya Sondhi, government counsel R Devdas submitted that at present a student is considered as a dropout if he/she is absent unexcused for 60 days He submitted that the period of absence will now be brought down to seven days.

Chamaraj, however, suggested that the number of absentee days be brought down to three days.

The Court also allowed an impleading application by Azim Premji University which intends to help the State government monitor the programmes introduced by the latter.



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