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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

306 Out of School Children Spotted in 18 Slum Areas of EBM

Malda, October 16, 2012: At least 306 ‘out of school’ kids were spotted recently in a survey conducted jointly by English Bazaar Municipality (EBM) and a private organization. To impart education to such children EBM authority has decided to open education centres in different municipal wards.

It has been learnt that recently EBM authority started the survey along with a private organization among children aged between 5 and 16 years under innovative challenge fund (ICF) sanctioned by municipal and urban development department.

There are 117 slums under EBM out of which the survey was conducted in 18 slums. The survey revealed that despite the initiative taken by Sarva Siksha Mission children of such slums could not be included to the educational scenario.

It has been learnt that the survey was conducted at Sahistuli, Pirojpur, Kutubpur, Nayagram, Bibigram, Hayderpur, Bokkhatuli, Auribindo Colony, Mirchak, Bangaltuli, Pukurpara, Baganpara, Hathat Colony, Babupara, Fulbari, Muchipara, North Baluchar, New Gayeshpur, South Baluchar, Netaji Colony and Kothabari areas.

Highest number of out of school children was spotted at South Baluchar where about 100 students have not yet brought under purview of education.

An employee of the private organization Mechbahar Sheikh informed that those children would be prepared for one year to get them ready to be admitted to schools.

EBM Chairman Krishnendu Choudhury said, “The survey that started in March this year revealed that more initiatives have to be taken to strengthen the education movement in Malda town.”

“We are planning to open education centres in 18 slum areas of EBM and to recruit one education assistant on a pay of Rs 1000 per month. The guardians of those children would also be made aware so that those children can receive education uninterruptedly,” Choudhury informed.

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