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Drive to curb dropouts

Ranchi, Nov. 11: The state primary education department has kicked off an ambitious programme, Buniyaad (foundation)-2013, to improve quality of teaching and arrest dropout rates.

Aimed at making learning fun for students, the project was today formally introduced in State Middle School, Lalgutwa. Subsequently, from tomorrow, around 42,000 primary and middle schools across the state will be covered under the initiative.

In the first phase, the department has decided to give attention to students of Class I-II and focus on Hindi, English and mathematics.

Speaking to The Telegraph, Mamta, the director of the primary education, said the main objective was to stem dropouts at the primary level.

“We have seen that the maximum number of students leave school at the Class I-II level. Most of them fail to understand the syllabus due to language barrier and lose interest,” said Mamta, also the project director of Jharkhand Education Project Council.

She added various innovative techniques, like ‘play way’ method, would be used to engage students in studies. Every classroom will be decked up with posters and banners, and will have a library corner to capture children’s imagination.

Further, teachers will monitor students’ attendance, activities inside the classrooms and their participation in community work on a regular basis.