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Measures to Curb Drop out Rate of St Students

Delhi 

The has taken various measures during last one year to address the issue of dropout. These includes, development of Bilingual Primers containing text both in regional and tribal language but in local official script through Tribal Research Institutes and Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, content of the primers in the Tribal Cultural context, school vacation to be in synchronization with major tribal festivals, construction of Girls toilets: to check girl drop out; physical safety; sanitation issues, vocational training integrated with residential schools - to make education more useful for livelihood, and perceived as relevant and valuable and residential schools (200-300 students capacity) in block headquarters for quality education and physical safety including in LWE affected areas.

Various other steps such as, promotion of kitchen, garden and sports, traditional food (minor millet) in school meals, school management to engage teachers to overcome shortage, 100% screening of children for Sickle Cell Anaemia/Trait, 100% physical enrolment of children, habit of hygiene and sanitation, use of recyclable material amongst school children, reduction in generation of garbage and engagement of trained lady health workers as Warden/Asstt. Wardens in girls' hostels have also been taken up by the Ministry.

The is providing Pre-Matric and Post Matric Scholarships to ST students who are studying in Classes IX to XII. Besides this, other facilities like Hostels for ST Boys & Girls, Residential Schools &Upgradation of Merit for the students studying in Classes IX to XII are provided to encourage the ST students to complete their studies.

This information was given by Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Shri Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

Samir/jk

First Published: Mon, March 16 2015. 16:20 IST