Yogi Adityanath, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, launched the ‘School Chalo Abhiyan’ on Monday, with the goal of achieving 100% enrolment in primary and upper primary schools across the state.
“We have to give special emphasis on basic education. The campaign is being launched after two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It may happen that the children, who did not go to school, might be feeling lazy to return. But we have to ensure that no child is left out and all should be admitted to schools,” Adityanath said while addressing the gathering.
According to him, 1.34 crore students were enrolled in basic education schools in 2017, and the scenario was “awavastha aur arajakta” (mismanagement and anarchy).
The chief minister stated that the lack of basic amenities such as mid-day meals, toilets, drinking water, furniture, and smart classes “increased the dropout rate more than admissions.”
According to Adityanath, the number of students in schools climbed to 1.80 crore in three years (till 2019), and students received free books, two uniform sets, shoes, socks, and sweaters as a result of the state government’s efforts.
He urged everyone, including officials and public representatives, to join ‘Operation Kayakalp,’ which aims to give schools a facelift, and to adopt a school to offer basic facilities.
He said that all activities had been halted owing to the coronavirus shutdown in 2020, which he said had primarily affected schools.
“Now all activities have resumed. The Covid management of country was hailed worldwide. We have administered over 30 crore vaccines. We are providing free tablets and smartphones to students,” the chief minister said, adding that education was the only way to bring about change in society and strengthen the country.
He stated that the initiative will last for the next month, with the goal of reuniting every student with their school.
According to an official statement issued on Sunday, the chief minister had previously told officials that districts with low literacy rates should be prioritised, and primary schools in the state should be equipped with improved facilities.
According to the statement, the ‘School Chalo Abhiyan’ will begin in Shravasti district, which has the lowest literacy rate in the state, followed by Bahraich, Balrampur, Badaun, and Rampur.
All government schools must also provide students with essential amenities such as toilets, drinking water, furniture, and smart classes, according to Adityanath.
Under the ‘Operation Kayalalp,’ departmental authorities must launch a campaign to engage with alumni (of government schools) and private enterprises to improve state-run schools, he said.
The basic education department has also been given orders to prepare for the ‘Abhiyan’ and ensure that teachers are deployed in all state-run schools, according to Adityanath.