FDE to enrol 11,000 out-of-school children of ICT by next month

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Staff Report

ISLAMABAD

Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) has all set to enrol over 11,000 out-of-school children of the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICTT) by April 11 to improve the literacy rate.

The data of the all out of school children residing in the federal capital has been collected through the Area Education Officers (AEOs), said an official of the FDE on Wednesday.

Talking to the media, the official said that FDE has categorized age and class wise data of out of school children and shared it with the concerned schools for their admission.

The official further added that currently the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination are being held and added; admission in new classes would started by 1st April.

However, he said, the proper enrolment of out of school children would be initiated by April 11 of this year. It has been decided that the children would be get admitted in the schools of their areas, the official informed.

The sources revealed that according to a rough estimate, there are over 30,000 out-of-school children in Islamabad and FDE teams have so far managed to reach 11,029. The sources said that most of the out-of-school children are residents of Tarnol and Nilor.

They said that a survey in 2015 had identified 25,000 out-of-school children in Islamabad and that if a fresh survey is conducted, there will be more than 30,000 out-of-school children in the capital city now.

Sources say that the FDE, the National Commission for Human Development (NCHD), BECS and two non-governmental organisations (NGOs) will provide technical support.

It is worth mentioning here that article 25-A of the Constitution makes it the state’s responsibility to provide free and compulsory education to all children between the ages of five and 16.