Free Uniforms and School bags:
Provision of free and compulsory Primary Education to all children up to 14 years of age is one of the Directive Principles of state Policy of the Constitution of India according to Article 45.Most importantly, the National policy on Education has given unqualified priority for achieving UEE by shifting the central thrust from mere enrolment to all three dimension of UEE namely enrolment, retention and quality in learning. In line with the constitutional directive, the successive plan of both the center and the individual state have given overriding priority for Universalisation of Elementary education subsequently, such plan efforts have resulted in some improvement in access at primary level.
Poverty and economic deprivation are those factors that are responsible for children’s non-participation in school. Those factors demand special governmental interventions to promote better participation of such children. Increased access to the schooling facility has increased number of children from even lower income families. Their retention in schools until compulsory stage depends upon effective programmes like mid day meal scheme, free supply of school uniform, text books, regular health check up etc,.
The main Objectives of distribution of Uniforms is :
- To provide free and compulsory education to all children up to age of 14 yrs.
- To retain the children enrolled in the schools until compulsory stage.
- To bring equality among all children in the schools.
The scheme of supplying free uniforms to children attending school existed even before independence. However deliberate and concerted efforts to introduce free uniform supply as an incentive system began in the year 1961, when the State Government promulgated the compulsory Primary Education Act.
Free Uniforms are distributed to all boys and girl students from class 1st to 10thstudying in Govt and Govt aided school. Uniforms with different size –size 1 for class 1st and 2nd std boys and girls, size 2 for 3rd and 4th std boys and girls, size 3 for 5th, 6th and 7th std boys and girls, size 4 for 8th,9th and 10th std boys and 8th std girls and next size for class 9th and 10th girls are distributed.