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Primary schools with few students to be shut down

Primary schools with few students to be shut down

Hrusikesh Mohanty, TNN Sep 28, 2012, 04.26AM IST

BERHAMPUR: The government has decided to close down primary schools with less than 25 students and merge those with nearby schools. "We have asked district committees of Sarva Sikhya Abhiyan (SSA) to identify the non-viable schools in their respective districts," school and mass education commissioner-secretary Usha Padhy said here on Wednesday. "All such schools will be identified by March 31," she added.
The government had relaxed the norms of opening new primary schools to improve access to elementary education and to achieve 100% enrolment, she said, adding that many schools are not viable. But the government has also decided to open 1,500 more primary schools in the state, she said. "The district committee of the SSA has also been asked to submit their proposals for the opening up of the new schools in their districts," said the commissioner, who was in the town to review different programmes of the school and mass education department, including mid-day meal, student enrollment, construction of school buildings in Ganjam, Gajapati and Kandhamal districts. Several higher officials of the department attended the meet.

The government has also decided to construct 130 girls' hostels, one in each educationally-backward block (EBB) to boost education of girls', she said. Most of these blocks are in the tribal-dominated districts and KBK region. Similarly, the Centre has approved setting up 111 model schools in these blocks of the state.

Similarly, as many as 709 new school buildings would be constructed under the Rashtriya Madhyamika Sikshya Abhiyan (RMSA) in the state. The cost of each building would be around Rs 58 lakh, said the director of Rastriya Madhyamika Sikshya Parishad (RMSP) N Jena.

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