Sunday, January 26, 2014

School Upgradation Gets Rs177 cr Leg-up

School Upgradation Gets Rs177 cr Leg-up


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.
Under the 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.
Out 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.
According 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.

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