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New Guidelines for High Schools

New Guidelines will be implement regarding dropping out of the students in High School from New Year
Bhubaneswar, 30/12/2014:
School & Mass Education Minister Sri Debi Prasad Mishra has approved new guidelines which will be implemented from the new year. Regarding droping out of the students at Secondary level Minister Sri Mishra has discussed with Departmental Commissioner Smt Usha Padhy,other senior officers and UNICEF to solve the problems. Considering this,Govt. after careful consideration have prescribed following guideline indicating the steps to be taken at various levels for the absentee students at
Secondary level in the following manner: I. If a Child remains absent continuously for a period of 7 (Seven) days, the concerned Class Teacher of the School in which the student is reading will go to the Parents’ house, interact with the Parents and counsel the Child to attend the School, regularly. II. If after 10 (Ten) days, a Child does not come to School, the Headmaster of the concerned School will visit the Parents’ house and interact with the Child & Parents and counsel to ensure that the child attends the School. III. If a Child does not come to School and remains absent for a period
of 15 days, the SMDC/PRI members of the area, where the Parents of the student reside will go to the Parents & Child and make sincere efforts to convince, motivate & counsel the Child to attend the School. IV. If in the next 3 (Three) days after meeting the Parents & counselling, the Child does not come to the School, the Block Education Officer/ABEO will go to the Parents of the Child and make sincere efforts and counsel the Parents to send the Child to the School. V: If, a Child does not come to the School continuously for a period of 30 (Thirty) days after all the efforts indicated above, the Child will be
identified as “Out of School (Drop out)” will be mentioned as such in the Admission Register & Attendance Register. All out effort to be made to bring the child to the fold of school. Contingency, available with RMSAupto Rs.5000/- can be used by the Head Master/SMDC at school level for the purpose. District Education Officer should monitor this agenda at least once in a month during the monthly review meeting.VI. If a Child comes to the School after 30 (Thirty) days of continuous
absence, the Child will be re-admitted and if required, remedial classes will be arranged for the Child by the existing teachers of the School. Further, the Parents may be persuaded to give an undertaking that their ward will not remain absent from School anymore for more than 3 (Three) days at one go,for which prior permission from the concerned Class Teacher will be
obtained and in case, the act is repeated once again, teacher should notice the parents and sort out the issues. Convergence with Block Administration /PRI members to be established to counsel and support the family of the student to facilitate the attendance of the student.VII. Many times the students also need proper counselling to actively participate in schools. For such child friendly counselling an institutional arrangement is necessary. So it’s proposed that each High School will have a
4-5 member ‘counselling committee’ under the Chairmanship of the Head Master/Mistress with the following members:
A Male Teacher who has the counselling skill (to be declared as Counsellor) Or A Female Teacher having counselling skill (to be declared as Counsellor) (in case of Girls or Boys High School, one teacher either male or female as the case may be) President SMDC or his nominee who should be a member of the SMDC Concerned Class Teacher to which the student
belongs to Services of one Counsellor from Swadhar/Short Stay Home / Ujjwala institutions can be requisitioned. (District Education Officers to empanel the list of Counsellors in consultation with the District Social Welfare Officer (DSWO) & communicate to the concerned school with their address and telephone numbers) . Alternatively, if schools desires the existing SMDC can act as ‘Counselling Committee’ and a professional counsellor available in nearby Swadhar home / Short Stay Home / Ujjwala institutions can be invited to the meeting. But, identified teachers( male an~d female) are to be designated as
counsellors, to counsel and support the students when ever needed. VIII. Any student who will remain absent for a period of more than 15 days will be referred to the Counselling Committee by the respective class teacher and on a fortnightly basis the Committee will sit to consider such cases and follow up action is to be taken on the basis of the recommendation of the Committee. RMSA with the help of UNICEF will work-out a Capacity Building of these committee members and teachers.
The District Education Officer will monitor the observance of the guidelines in letter and spirit and add this agenda in the monthly review meeting. DEO will submit report online to the Director, Secondary Education and Director, RMSA on a monthly basis on out of school students. RMSA should prepare the review format and circulate to the
district. The guidelines will come in to force with immediate effect.

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