Revamped Samagra Shiksha to focus on transgender students
Srinagar: Government of India (GoI) has made a special focus on the education of girls and transgender students in schools from primary to higher secondary level. The initiative has been taken in the revamped Samagra shiksha scheme which has been granted extension for a period of five more years till 2025.
The scheme has been granted extension with revised norms and guidelines in line with National Education Policy (NEP) - 2020 which has broadened the scale and scope of implementation of the Samagra Shiksha Scheme all over India.
As per the official document, the NEP-2020 provides funds for setting up a Gender Inclusion Fund (GIF) especially for girls and transgender students. “The move has been taken to build the nation’s capacity and provide equitable quality education for all girls as well as transgender students,” the document reads.
In wake of this the DSEL has incorporated several interventions for girls in its revamped Samagra Shiksha Scheme, which includes providing free textbooks and uniforms to all girls at elementary level besides residential schools and hostels.
“The girl students will also be provided transport, escort facility, aids and appliances for Children with Special Needs (CWSN),” the document reads.
There are hardly any transgender students enrolled in schools of J&K. However, the interventions planned by the DSEL for transgender students will encourage them to get enrolled in schools.
The government of India has also planned to upgrade the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas (KGBVs) to provide residential and schooling facilities up to Class 12th.
“Separate provision of stipend worth Rs 200 per month for 10 months will be given to CWSN girls in addition to student components from pre-primary to senior secondary level,” the document reads.
The government will also provide incinerator and sanitary pad vending machines in all girls’ hostels and will provide self defense training for girls in government schools for inculcating skills for self-protection and self development.
The revised Samagra Shiksha has given special focus on various interventions along with control on Out of School Children (OoSC) besides the universal access to education and filling infrastructural gaps in government schools. It will also focuses on special training for age appropriate admission of OoSC at elementary level.