In India, 29% of children drop out before completing even five years of school. This means that more than 1.4 million children in the country between the ages of 6 to 11 are missing out on laying the foundation for a bright future through a good education. The Human Resource Development Ministry’s latest initiative hopes to address these alarming figures.
Come June, the government will be able to efficiently track school children across the country, thanks to the ‘Shala ASMITA Yojana’ (SAY).
The All School Monitoring Individual Tracking and Analysis (ASMITA) scheme is a unique scheme that will that will track a child’s educational journey and progress. It will also help identify dropouts.
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The scheme aims to track more than 25 crore school children across 15 lakh private and public schools, making it the possibly the world’s largest student online tracking system.
Using the Aadhar number of children, the scheme will track attendance and enrolment, infrastructural facilities, academic progress as well as mid-day meal service. For children who do not have an Aadhaar number, a special number will be generated.
The success of the online scheme depends on the assistance of local and state administrators who will be implementing the scheme on the ground.
“The HRD ministry is getting support of the states for this unique initiative and it is expected that the scheme will be launched by mid-June,” an official told NDTV.
The scheme is also expected to go a long way in monitoring and checking corruption and leakages in other school programmes and schemes, including the Mid-Day meal scheme.
The ‘Shaala ASMITA’ initiative was announced on Twitter by Union HRD Minister, Smriti Irani last month.
Introducing a child tracking system for over200million children all across the country to track movement class to class,identify drop outs.
— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) 23 April 2016