New Delhi: The government`s flagship
programme Sarva Sikshya Abhiyan (SSA) has helped in expansion
of education with nearly 99 per cent of the habitations
getting a primary school even as quality of teachers remains a
"Quality teachers is a major challenge before the
country. Teachers lacking qualification will get the training
in the next three years as per the Right To Education Act,"
HRD Minister Kapil Sibal told reporters today.
Under SSA, 3.04 lakh new primary schools have been
sanctioned while 2.70 lakh have already been operationalised.
Similarly, against sanctioned recruitment of 12.27 lakh
teachers at primary and upper primary levels, about 9.86 lakh
have been recruited by March this year, Sibal said.
However, with regard to appointment of teachers, certain
states like Bihar and Madhya Pradesh are lagging behind, he
SSA, which aims at universalisation of elementary
education, reaches to over 19 crore children in 12 lakh
schools in the country.
A budget allocation of Rs 13,100 crore has been made for
2009-10, against which an amount of Rs 4,919 crore has been
released to states and Union Territories by August this year.