Delhi: Training dept to centrally observe attendance of reservation college students in personal colleges to curb dropouts

The presence of students who have been admitted to reserved places in Delhi’s private schools this year is regularly tracked by the Ministry of Education through an online module that it has developed to reduce school dropout.

Private schools are obliged to reserve 22 percent of their places at the entrance level for students from economically weaker sections (EWS) and disadvantaged groups (DG), including the scheduled castes (SC), the scheduled tribes (ST) and other backward classes include (OBC), transgender children and those living with HIV / AIDS, and 3 percent for children with special needs. So far this year, more than 19,000 students have been admitted to these reserved places in the city’s private schools.

“In order to ensure proper monitoring and evaluation of the participation of students in the categories EWS / DG and CWSN from the current academic session … the management”, it says in a circular from the Ministry of Education.

This is to be done through a module available to schools on the Ministry of Education website and schools have been instructed to regularly update the attendance lists of the students concerned.

The Indian Express had reported that the Department of Education was planning to introduce this mechanism in 2019 to monitor how many children enrolled in these reserved schools are regularly attending schools and completing their education in an effort to curb drop-outs. The module was prepared at the time, but not implemented.


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