Thursday, June 26, 2014

407 new primary schools may come up next academic year

VISAKHAPATNAM: Primary school education is likely to get a boost in the district with the government planning to add 407 schools to the 3,238 existing ones under the Rajiv Vidya Mission (RVM) in the coming academic year (in 2013-14).

The new schools will be set up at a cost of Rs 75.29 crore and take in nearly 8,500 students. Also, new hostels are proposed to be set up in some mandals to house students who travel long distances to attend school.

RVM project officer M Venkateswara Rao said that they have sent proposals worth Rs 337.51 crore to the government for its approval for various projects, including the setting up of the 407 schools. "We expect the government's clearance by the end of the month and will start work soon after receiving the grants," Rao said.

A senior education officer, however, sounded sceptical about receiving funds from the Centre. "I do not think that the RVM will get the funds it requires as the Union finance ministry allocated only Rs 27,258 crore for implementing the Right to Education (RTE) Act across the country, an increase of about 6.6% from the last financial year."

The Rajiv Vidya Mission, which aims to improve the standard of primary education (Class I to Class VII), has identified 138 primary schools where major repair works worth Rs 2.47 crore have to be taken up. It has also identified 42 upper primary schools where repairs would cost another Rs 1.2 crore.

It also proposes to build 237 toilets, including 92 toilets for girls, and restore 2,838 defunct toilets in schools across 43 mandals as part of its efforts to develop infrastructure facilities for students under RTE. It plans to construct boundary walls in schools at the cost of Rs 11.31 crore and procure two sets of uniforms each to 2.6 lakh students at a cost of Rs 10.4 crore.

The RVM plans to recruit 945 teachers for upper primary schools and 196 part-time instructors for art education, health and physical education.

Meanwhile, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) state vice-president G Vijay Kumar said that the standards of higher education have also fallen at 474 high schools in the district due to the failures of the officials concerned.

The in-charge project officer of the Rastriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA), which is aimed at improving standards of higher education (Class VIII to Class X), B Lingeswara Reddy, said they did not make any proposals for new projects and are concentrating on improving the existing system in high schools. 

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