Centre looks at Aadhaar to track out-of-school children

Centre looks at Aadhaar to track out-of-school children

NEW DELHI, JANUARY 16: In an attempt to keep a record of out-of-school children and track those who drop out of school and move to other locations, the Centre is looking at ensuring Aadhaar IDs for all such children.

The recommendation to use the 12-digit unique biometric ID to track children’s education came from a Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) sub-committee at a meeting held on Monday, ET has learnt.

CABE is the apex advisory body on education in the country. All state education departments and union ministries of women & child development, social justice & empowerment and minority affairs are a part of it.

The Central government has so far only focused on linking Aadhaar to mid-day meals served in schools to check pilferage and increase the scheme’s efficacy.

While Arunachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Manipur have reported nearly 2,00,000 ghost students in the mid-day meal scheme, some other states such as West Bengal are lagging behind in linking Aadhaar to the scheme.

The CABE sub-committee has now recommended extending Aadhaar to mapping children not attending schoolsor dropping out early on.(Courtesy: ToI)