The problems of migrant students were noticed by the District Administration, Ernakulam and the Hon. District Collector organized a meeting to address the issue of migrant children’s educational needs and to advance their academic performance. The participants included representatives from district administration, Education Department, SSA, NGOs, and teachers. The SSA Ernakulam presented the profile of the migrant children in the district. According to statistics, the district has 2541 migrant children predominantly from Bihar, West Bengal, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Assam and Nepal.
Floating nature of the migrant families in accordance with the bread-winner’s locale of work, children being taken to workplaces to help their parents, children being given the charge of looking after their younger ones and the lack of awareness about education issues to be addressed. The participant teachers shared more of a practical issue to be tackled in the schools itself- the low proficiency levels of the learners in the medium of instruction.