Delhi govt to enhance education infra during 12th



New Delhi: Delhi Government plans to significantly enhance educational infrastructure in the city during the 12th five-year plan by setting up hundreds of new schools and improving the student-teacher ratio.

In a meeting called to finalise the priorities for the sector during the five-year plan, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit asked Education department officials to focus on setting up of new primary and secondary schools in all nine districts, while increasing the student-teacher ratio.

Education Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely and other officials of the department participated in the meeting, officials said.

They said the government plans to increase the number of enrolment by nearly 1 lakh every year in the next five years as part of a plan to bring children from all sections to the schools.

"Our plan is not to leave even a single child without school education," an official said, adding that at least 500 schools would be set up in the next five years.

Dikshit said budget allocation for the education sector would be enhanced gradually in the next five years and assistance from Centre would also be sought.

She said there is a need to relax the norms for allocation of land for setting up of schools by private sector and government would do the needful as getting land for setting up schools is a major challenge.

She also said schools under the PPP mode should be encouraged to overcome the problem of scarcity of schools.

Delhi Government had proposed to the DDA, the land owning agency in the city, to relax the norms for setting up schools.

PTI