Sources said 1,752 surveyors from Samagra Shiksha have been tracking the 24,977 students who have not been actively engaging in educational activities in the district.
Globally, UNESCO has estimated that 24 million additional students and youth may drop out or not have access to schools due to the pandemic’s economic impact alone. In Karnataka, NGOs have found several students working as casual labourers to augment the lost income of their poor parents.
As many as 1,26,245 children (3 to 6 years) living in rural areas and 8,718 kids (6 to 18 years) in urban localities are not attending school, the high court was informed.
The researcher, who leads the Hub for Education, Law & Policy at Azim Premji University, talks of the urgent need to refocus on fundamentals and get children back to school