New Delhi: A newly launched scheme which seeks
to improve the quality of secondary education in the country
and check drop-out rate is set to be implemented in 27 states
with the government approving their proposals involving an
outlay of Rs 2,900 crore for this year.
The proposals, cleared by the approval board for Rashtriya
Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA), involve setting up of new
secondary schools and appointment of teachers, HRD Ministry
sources said today.
The scheme will also provide grants to existing secondary
schools for improvement of libraries and labs, sources said.
Launched last year, the scheme also aims at achieving a
general enrolment target of 75 per cent for classes IX-X
within five years from the existing 52.26 per cent by
providing secondary school within a reasonable distance of
It involves an expenditure of Rs 20,000 crore during the
After Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, the RMSA is considered to be a
major programme for secondary education.
The World Bank has proposed to provide assistance USD 500
million for this project. The proposal is under consideration
of the government, the sources added.