Source: The Times of India
Gurgaon: More than 26,000 children in the state have not been going to school, a survey led by the education department in the result of the second Covid wave has exposed. Officials said the door-to-door survey, conducted through May, followed a directive from the Centre to all states to find out how many kids did not have admission to formal education. While some of these children never went to school, a sizable chunk dropped out seemingly because of financial constraints during the pandemic. Officials are still studying the possible reasons. While Gurgaon topped the list with 5,800 out-of-school children, Faridabad came a close second. Areas that form the industrial belt of NCR — Rewari, Manesar, Bahadurgarh and Sonepat — also figured on top of the list.
The report showed these districts in totality accounted for 4,700 children with no access to education. Panipat and Panchkula recorded around 2,000 and 1,200 such kids, individually.
Officials said the areas that reported the most number of children not going to schools had a considerable population of migrant workers, who had left for their homes during the pandemic.
“According to our survey, Gurgaon and Faridabad had the most number of children who were out of school.