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Haryana campaigns to lure students to govt schools

Shiv Rawal | Chandigarh |

Worried over declining numbers of children enrolling in government schools, Haryana government has come out with an idea of encouraging the parents for admitting their children in government schools instead of private schools.

The campaign called "Pravesh Utsav" (Admission Festival) is in full swing across the state for the enrollment, retention and transition of students in all government schools.

The additional chief secretary (ACS), School Education Haryana, PK Das told The Statesman that teachers from the concerned government schools were going door to door for convincing the parents that the quality of education in government schools have improved.

Besides, parents are being told about the various benefits available for children in government schools including free admission, free books and uniform, Mid Day Meal, scholarships, free cycles for girls studying in schools at a distance of over one kilometer.

Apart from this, to ignite enthusiasm in students coming for admission in government schools, children are being given grand welcome by the school faculty with garlands and tilak (a coloured spot or mark worn
by Hindus on the forehead)," Das added.

The official further stated that the state government is committed to ensure quality education in its schools by providing adequate infrastructure and teachers availability.

For the financial year 2017-18, over Rs.14,000 Crore have been given for education sector in Haryana Budget.

According to official information, three years back, nearly 26 lakh children were enrolled in government schools against approximate 21 lakh students enrolled with private schools in Haryana.

However, at present the tally in government schools have come down to 23 lakh students while enrollment of students in private schools have gone up to 26 lakh in the state.

Das said that the Education Department has aimed that there should be no more decline in numbers of students in government schools, rather the strength of the students in government schools would be enhanced in coming years.

Out of nearly 7,000 government schools in Haryana, nearly 30 are Model or Aarohi schools to cater to intellectual, physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual development of children on the pattern of private ones.

We are trying our best to develop at least ten government schools in each district better than the private schools, the official added.

To encourage students, the Education Department has also decided to authorise school management committees to decide about the colour and design of uniform and bags of the students.