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Gujarat: Over 5 Lakh Children Admitted to Class 1 During School Enrolment Drive

The 17th edition of Shala Praveshotsav was launched by Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel on June 23 from a government-run primary school in Banaskantha's Vadgam taluka.

Updated: June 28, 2022 8:13 PM IST

By PTI | Edited by Sumaila Zaman

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Ahmedabad: At least 5.72 lakh children were admitted in Class 1 during the three-day long Shala Praveshotsav, an annual drive to enrol students in government-run schools in Gujarat, state Education Minister Jitu Vaghani said on Tuesday. The 17th edition of Shala Praveshotsav was launched by Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel on June 23 from a government-run primary school in Banaskantha’s Vadgam taluka.

As many as 5.72 lakh children, including 2.80 lakh girls and 2.91 lakh boys, were enrolled in Class 1 in the presence of dignitaries across the state, the minister said.”The enrolment drive covered 30,880 government-run primary schools in the state. During the drive, 2.30 lakh children, including 1.12 girls, were also admitted in anganwadis and kindergartens across the state,” Vaghani told reporters in Gandhinagar.

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At least 1,775 physically-challenged children were also admitted in Class-1 during this drive, he said. Prominent citizens and donors had donated cash and articles worth Rs 28.53 crore as their contribution to encourage children to come to school, he said.

In Kashipura village of Banaskantha district, a local resident gifted a piece of land worth Rs 10 lakh for education purposes, the minister said. “As many as 494 classrooms, built at a cost of Rs 25.93 crore, were inaugurated during the drive. Transportation facility for students in 2,364 schools was also launched as part of the programme,” he said.

Thanks to this drive, started by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2003 when he was the state’s CM, Gujarat’s gross enrolment ratio has gone up to nearly 100 per cent, the minister claimed.


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