New Delhi,LOK SABHA:The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) programme is being implemented in all districts of the country to achieve he goal of universalisation of elementary education in a time bound manner, in mission mode.Consequently, the number of Out of School Children (OoSC), which was 320 lakh in 2001-02, has come
down to 75.97 lakh in 2007-08, as per State reports.For “hard to reach” category of children, context specific interventions such as bridge courses, learning entres with flexible timings, seasonal hostels, home based education and mobile schools have been takenup under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. In order to encourage States/UTs to implement such context specific interventions, the Government of India has undertaken orientation and capacity building workshops withStates/UTs with illustrative case studies of good practices.
A statement showing increasing trend of enrolment at primary & upper primary level during years
2003-04, 2004-05 & 2005-06 is given in Annexure-I. State-wise Government of India (GoI) releases and expenditure under SSA for the years 2004-05, 2005-06 & 2006-07 is given in Annexure-II. The unspent balances remaining with a State/UT at the end of a financial year, are adjusted in grants payable in the next financial year. This information was given by the Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Shri M.A.A.Fatmi in reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.