Dip in student numbers post COVID-19 | Education Department starts enrollment drive in Bhaderwah

Dip in student numbers post COVID-19 | Education Department starts enrollment drive in Bhaderwah

Bhaderwah, Dec 3: To increase admission of students, especially girls in government schools post COVID-19 pandemic, Directorate of School Education Jammu in collaboration with the Panchayat Raj Institution (PRI) members started an enrollment campaign in rural areas of Bhadarweh.

Zonal Education Officer (ZEO) Bhaderwah Phulail Singh in collaboration with Sarpanch Sajid Mir started a door-to-door counseling and motivational campaign in Kursari Panchayat on Friday.

The flagship programme is aimed at motivating and encouraging parents to persuade children to go to government schools in the vicinity of their homes.

The move comes after the schools witnessed a dip in student enrollment since last year.

In a circular, the Director of School Education Jammu (DSEJ) instructed all the Chief Education Officers (CEOs), ZEOs and schools heads to conduct enrollment drives in their jurisdiction to facilitate optimum enrollment in government schools.

Following this, the School Education Department launched a village-level programme at Government Middle School Kursari, where besides the counseling session and motivational speeches for children and parents by the teachers and PRIs, a colorful cultural programme was also organised to encourage the rural students to avail schemes like free Mid Day Meals, free books, free uniform, and scholarships provided only in government schools.

“In Bhadarwah zone, we formally started the enrollment drive from Kursari Panchayat today for which all the concerned field functionaries have been directed to conduct the activity with immediate effect and document the achievements as well,” said ZEO Bhaderwah Fulail Singh.

Sarpanch Kursari Sajid Mir said that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, school-going students had suffered the most and derailed the school education system in rural areas.

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