Under the leadership of UP's previous chief minister, Akhilesh Yadav, more than 20 lakh students dropped out of schools. This statement came from the state's Basic Education Minister Anupam Jaiswal. The present government is working day and night and is doing its best to decrease the number of drop out students from the schools.
"I believe that the problem is in front of us and I don’t deny it either. This time we have created an efficient strategy for the School Chalo campaign, it will not be just a formality like the previous government,” she said.
“I will be monitoring this campaign myself, we will also be asking state ministers and representatives to participate as well,” she added.
Jaiswal further told the media that current chief minister of the state, Yogi Adityanath, will also be involved in the campaign and will go wherever his presence will be required.
“All the officers and employees of Basic Education Department will also be involved in this campaign. There will also be a door-to-door campaign to spread awareness, we have also done a household survey done as well to gauge the scale of the problem,” she said.
When asked about the heavy dropout rate of the children she said “The main reason behind children dropping out of school is poverty. We have tried to counsel the parents of the kids and now many kids are back to school. We are providing food, copybooks, and uniforms to the children who come to school, but still if they are dropping out then there is some laxity in our approach and I admit it. But then we have been in power for just 100 days, and we are continuously trying to minimize the figures of school drop outs in the state”.
Right now, the state government is all set to start two new campaign namely, '‘Khoob Padho, Aage Badho' and 'School Chalo Abhiyan' to increase the number of enrollments in the schools.