New Delhi: About 25 per cent of children in Uttar Pradesh government schools attend every day. This was largely due to its authors, infrastructure, and corona proliferation. Realizing this, Yogi, the chief minister of the BJP-ruled regime, announced a plan to send children to school. The project, called ‘School Salo Abhiyan’, aims to enroll children around the age of 5 in first class. This was implemented for one month from April 4 to May 4 last.
Of these, Agra has achieved this by sending about 80 per cent of its children to school in more than 75 districts of UP. Tamil M. Manikandan, the Deputy Governor of Amma District, IAS was behind this. To this end, he has used a number of strategies such as Google Attendance, sending teachers directly to homes, assisting panchayat leaders, and daily internet meetings.
About two and a half lakh children are studying in classes 1 to 8 in 2490 government schools in Agra. Of these, only about fifty thousand are in daily attendance. This is because of the potato harvesting work, which includes caring for children and homes. Teacher attendance at schools has also declined. Together, they escape the selfie recording system of Chief Minister Yogi Amalakiya’s mobile phone. Deputy Governor Manikandan has used a number of new strategies to address such issues.
Manikandan, a Neyveli Tamil, told The Hindu Tamil: “We used officials from government offices near the school to confirm the teachers’ attendance. They will periodically check the teacher’s attendance and send a Google log at 10am. We sent teachers to the children’s homes and called them an hour before school started at 8 p.m. We also sent government officials to the schools in person to confirm these. Through the most respected panchayat leaders in the villages, there has been an 80 per cent benefit in instructing parents on the importance of the school. ”
If this situation changes again, the families of those who are not sent to school will be threatened with a ration ban. Similarly, a scheme called ‘Kayakalpam’ was implemented in UP for 14 basic facilities including male and female private toilets and drinking water for government schools. Agra has achieved a record implementation of this in a very short period of 4 months. Assistant Collector Manikandan’s work in this regard is appreciated. He is the first pharmacology graduate to receive IAS in 2017.