Delhi govt to appoint 9,000 teachers, set up 12 schools

The policy will now be forwarded to the Ministry of HRD for approval.

Last Updated: May 27, 2011, 20:29 PM IST

New Delhi: Delhi government has decided
to appoint 9,000 teachers and set up 12 new schools across the
city to enhance educational facilities for effective
implementation of the Right to Education Act.

The government has also identified 10 more sites for
setting up of new schools besides deciding to enhance existing
infrastructure in over 50 schools.

Additional Education Director Sunita Shukla said that to
augment educational infrastructure the department has
constructed 529 new rooms in existing schools in 2010-11 for
proper implementation of the RTE Act. The Act makes it
mandatory for government to provide free education till class
VIII.

"We have decided to set up 12 new schools and sites for
another 10 schools have been identified," she told reporters
here.

The government has already enhanced infrastucture in 127
schools as part of a project called Roopantar.

"At present, 14 lakh students are studying in Delhi
government schools and government has decided to further
enhance the infrastructure to ensure effective implementation
of RTE Act," Shukla said.

On appointment of teachers, she said the cabinet has
approved the proposal for creation of the new posts and
process of appointment will commence soon. Currently, around
6,000 posts of teachers are lying vacant in Delhi government
schools. But against the vacancies, government had appointed
around 3,000 teachers on contractual basis.

To expand the infrastructure to meet the growing
needs, an outlay of Rs 270 crore was proposed for the
construction of new school buildings in 2011-12. A total of Rs
1,247 crore was earmarked for education in the budget.

Delhi government has also decided to provide enhanced
financial allocation to all aided schools to help them expand
infrastructure and implement provisions of the Right to
Education Act.

In a bid to set up more schools, the government had
earlier this month approved a policy for allotment of Nazul
land by Delhi Development Authority to private sector for
setting up new educational institutions.

The new policy will do away with the "obstacles" and
facilitate allotment of land by DDA to the government as well
as private sector for setting up more schools.

Every year, private schools struggle to meet the
admission demand of thousands of children.

The policy will now be forwarded to the Union Ministry
of Urban Development and the Ministry of HRD for approval.

PTI