Hyderabad, February 4: In all, 2,561 Education Guarantee Scheme (EGS) Centers have been opened in school less habitations covering 50,666 children during 2010-11, the Principal Secretary of Primary Education, Ms Chandana Khan, has said.
Speaking to media persons here on Friday, Ms Chandana Khan, along with Sarva Siksha Abhayan Project Director, Mr Rafath Ali, said that the State stood first in the implementation of Right to Education Act. In all, 27,165 children were being provided special training as per RTE Act in 725 residential, non-residential special training centers after admitting them into regular schools. Besides, Children’s help lines were established at selected railway stations and major bus stations to identify stray children without adult protection and put them in transit homes, he said. Four Transit Homes were also established in Hyderabad for 109 enrolled street children, she added. She also informed that 419 work site schools and 32 seasonal hostels were opened for education of 13,047 migrant children.
Detailing the achievements under Right to Education Act, Ms Khan said that number of “out-of-school” children has come down from 1.71 lakhs in 2009-10 to 1.27 lakh in 2010-11. Further, the retention rate at elementary level which was 61.71 in 2009-10 has increased to 70.46 by 2010-11. The transit rate from primary to upper primary has improved from 93.16 to 93.46 during the period of 2009-10 and 2010-11. The gender gap has further narrowed from 2.19 per cent to 1.85 per cent since 2009-10 at upper primary level.
Ms Chandana Khan said that 395 Kasturba Girls Residential schools were sanctioned for this year in addition to existing 348 schools. The new schools were aimed at enrolment of 53, 197 dropout girls. (NSS)