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In a major relief for thousands of educational institutions,
upgradation of regular schools, model schools and girls hostels under
the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA), has been provided an
additional amount of `177.44 crores by the State government. The
project was in limbo due to lack of sufficient funds.
RMSA scheme, the Centre has been contributing 75 per cent of the funds
for the up gradation of schools and hostels and the rest by the State
government. But, the construction works had to be suspended after it was
found that the funds allotted were lower than the rate fixed by the PWD
in the State. Additional funding has been provided by the State
government apart from its share of 25 percent.
“The Centre had a
fixed rate for construction across the country. But, the rate fixed by
the State for its constructions, according to the expenses within the
State, may be different. Several States like TN had to suspend the works
because the rate quoted by the Centre was way below that of the
State’s. So, the additional funding of the TN government comes as a huge
relief to schools.”, said the RMSA Project Director, A Sankar.
of the `177.44 crore, ` 71.18 crore will be used for upgrading 1,851
schools across the State, `3.59 crore for seven schools in Nagapattinam
district, `45.44 crore for 30 girls hostels in Educationally Backward
Blocks (EBB) and `57.33 crore will be for 44 model schools in the 44
EBBs. Under the upgradation works, schools will get additional
classrooms, toilets and buildings according the land availability. The
school education statistics under the Unified District Information
System for Education conducted by the Ministry of Human Resource
Development had put out some figures on the infrastructure of schools.
to the survey, as of 2012-13, about 11,000 schools in the State under
various managements have no functional toilets and 63 schools have no
school buildings at all while 108 schools have no classrooms. About half
of the schools do not have land for classrooms either. The report says
that 434 schools have no water at all while 2,269 have no functional
water facility, 1,527 have no electricity, over 18,000 have no
hand-washing facility, and over 1900 have no libraries.