410 model schools to be set up in Bihar

Last Updated: Saturday, December 25, 2010 - 14:08

Patna: The Bihar government has planned to set up 410 model schools and upgrade 750 primary schools to secondary level, state human resources department sources
said.

These would be done under the Rashtriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhiyan (RMSA), launched last year, for which the Centre would allocate around Rs 2000 crore to Bihar.

HRD principal secretary Anjani Kumar Singh said the Centre would provide about Rs 1300 crore for opening 410 model secondary schools, each costing Rs 3.07 crore.
Singh said, Rs 30 lakh each would be spent on upgrading primary schools to secondary schools. For this, the state would need a minimum of 8100 teachers, which would cost
another Rs 100 crore per annum.

The objective of the RMSA is to achieve an enrolment ratio of 75 percent for classes IX-X within five years by providing a secondary school within a reasonable distance of
every habitation, to improve quality of education imparted at secondary level through making all secondary schools conform to the prescribed norms, Singh said.

It was also aimed at removing gender, socio-economic and disability barriers, providing universal access to secondary level education by 2017 by the end of 12th five year
plan and universal retention by 2020.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, December 25, 2010 - 14:08
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