The 17th edition of ‘Shala Praveshotsav’, an annual drive to enroll students in class one in Gujarat, is scheduled to be launched by Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel on June 23. The programme will be launched from a government-run primary school in Banaskantha’s Vadgam taluka.
According to officials, it has been decided to send vice chancellors of various state universities to villages as part of the three-day school enrollment drive being held between June 23 and 25, state Education Minister Jitu Vaghani said on Monday.
“As many as 356 class I officers, including 84 IAS and 24 IPS officials, along with state ministers, MLAs and MPs will remain present in government-run primary schools across the state to encourage newly inducted students during these three days,” the minister said.
According to Vaghani, the ‘Shala Praveshotsav’ was started by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2003 when he was the state’s CM, with the main aim being ensuring maximum enrollment in schools. “On the second day of the drive, the CM will be present in a school in Nizar taluka of Tapi district to enroll students in a primary school. Officials and elected representatives would cover nearly 32,000 government primary schools during this three-day drive,” Vaghani told reporters.
These officials and elected representatives will also take part in taluka-level review meetings every evening, while separate meetings will be held with teachers to discuss issues pertaining to learning loss, attendance and infrastructure requirement, Vaghani informed.
“Gujarat’s dropout ration was 64.48 per cent in 1990-91. Thanks to this drive, that ratio came down to just 3.7 per cent in 2020-21. Similarly, the gross enrollment ratio has gone up to 99.02 in 2020-21 from 95.65 per cent in 2004-05,” said Vaghani.
With inputs from PTI.