Rae Bareli: Voicing concern over high
school dropout rate, especially among children belonging to
weaker sections and minorities, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi
Friday said the government is committed to ensure that not a
single child is deprived of education due to lack of money.
"Despite government giving scholarships and free
coaching facility, percentage of children dropping out of
schools, specially those coming from weaker section and
minorities in still high," Gandhi said while addressing a
function in her constituency after laying the foundation stone
of a sports complex at Jawahar Navodaya school in Maharajganj.
Though government is making efforts, she said,
political workers, NGOs and public representatives should
publicise the schemes of the government so that those being
deprived due to lack of information could be benefited.
She said that besides primary education, the UPA
government has taken important steps to promote secondary
"It has been decided to set up a model school in each
block across the country and in Uttar Pradesh, 148 schools
have been sanctioned," the UPA chairperson said.
She said that Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyaan has
been launched under which financial assistance will be given
to secondary schools as well.
"It is the commitment of the UPA government that not
a single child is deprived of education due to lack of money,"
Sonia said that to promote sports among school
children, the UPA government has decided to construct sports
complex in all Jawahar navodaya schools in the country.
"The foundation of the first sports complex is being
laid in `karmbhoomi` of Indiraji," she said.
She said that 70 per cent of the population lives in
villages and children of poor families were deprived on
education as they were unable to pay the fees.
The Congress president said that to ensure free and
compulsory education to all children in the age-group of 6 to
14 years, Right to Education Act has been implemented.
"To successfully implement the RTE a provision of Rs
2.25 lakh crore fund has been made and full cooperation is
being given to the states. As compared to last year, 75 per
cent more fund has been allocated to UP and Rs 7,000 crore has
been sanctioned," she said.
"Rajiv Gandhiji, who created the vision of 21 century
India, was not only concerned about the all round development
of the country, but also considered ensuring education to
backward and poor as his prime responsibility," she said.
She said that the idea conceptualised by Rajiv took
shape in form of Jawahar Navodaya schools and at present there
were 600 schools with more than two lakh students.
"Majority of these children are from the backward and
poor section of the society," she said.
The Congress president also felicitated Asian Games
gold medallist athlete Sudha Singh by presenting a cheque of
Rs 11 lakh.