Child unit seeks data of school dropouts

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Child unit seeks data of school dropouts

The department has been asked to make a database of such children and submit the same to the child protection unit within 15 days.

Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, February 23

In compliance with the orders of the Supreme Court of India, the District Child Protection Officer of Chandigarh has sought a list of the children who have dropped out of schools during the Covid-19 pandemic due to poor financial condition of their family.

The protection unit has asked the UT Education Department to identify the families that are unable to send their children to schools or cannot bear the education-related expenses due to Covid-19 crisis. The department has been asked to make a database of such children and submit the same to the child protection unit within 15 days.

The Education Department has also been asked to initiate a programme for children identified under the ‘phone tree model’.

The department will report the current status of the educational needs of the children or any issues related to online classes. Such children will receive a grant-in-aid of Rs2,000.

Besides, the District Legal Service Authority will ensure upgrade of the infrastructure being provided to Child Care Institutions (CCI) and functioning of online classes on a monthly basis.

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