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Odisha formulates new norms to curb high school dropout

In an effort to curb student dropout, the School and Mass Education department has decided to implement a new set of guidelines with effect from Thursday.

The new guideline got approval of the school and mass education minister Debi Prasad Mishra after a meeting with the department officials and members of the UNICEF.

“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 studying will go to the parents’ house, interact with them and counsel the child to attend the school,regularly,” the minister said.

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 and his/her guardians andcounsel to ensure that the child attends the school, he said.

If a child still does not come to school and remains absent for a period of 15 days, the school management committee members or local panchayat functionary will go to the parents and child and make sincere efforts to convince the child to attend school, the guideline said.
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