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Basic facilities for all government schools by 2007

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The Finance Department has been urged to provide Rs. 600 crores, says Ramalinga Reddy


  • 380 new high-schools and 220 pre-university colleges to be opened
  • 4,000 primary school teachers to be recruited
  • Elaborate plan to be executed over two years
  • Law on compulsory education being drafted

    Bangalore: The Education Department will fulfil commitments made by Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh to primary schools and has sought a special budgetary allocation of over Rs. 600 crores, Minister for Primary and Secondary Education R. Ramalinga Reddy said on Wednesday.

    He told presspersons here that Mr. Dharam Singh has assured children in government schools that they will have playgrounds, toilets, drinking water facilities, adequate classrooms and others facilities by 2007. The department has prepared an elaborate plan to be executed over two years period at a cost of Rs. 613 crores, and an announcement of the launch of the scheme will be made on November 11.

    10,000 classrooms needed

    Based on a report from the Commissioner for Public Instruction, it is estimated that 10,000 classrooms need to be built. This will cost Rs. 150 crores. Repairs to classrooms have to be taken up at a cost of Rs. 98.22 crores, playgrounds developed (Rs. 240 crores), compound walls (Rs. 115.08 crores) and toilets (Rs. 10 crores) constructed, and drinking water supply facility installed (Rs. 98.30 lakhs) in schools. (Finance Minister P.G.R. Sindhia has ruled out release of funds for new programmes this year as the Government is finding it difficult to raise funds for programmes announced in the budget.)

    Mr. Reddy was confident that the Finance Department will grant the funds required since the Chief Minister has made a commitment to government schools.

    There is a plan to open 380 new high-schools and 220 pre-university colleges before the commencement of the next academic year. In many areas, children have to travel nearly 20 km to reach schools. With the approval of the Finance Department, the Education Department plans to obtain sponsorship for construction of school and college buildings. Directions have been issued to introduce science in at least one pre-university college in every taluk headquarters.

    Mr. Reddy said 4,000 primary school teachers will be recruited.

    Approval will be granted shortly for the recruitment of an additional 5,100 teachers to replace those who will retire before the commencement of the next academic year. The Government has held back appointment orders to 2,000 high-school teachers as the Karnataka Administrative Tribunal has raised questioned about the recruitment, he added.

    Law

    The Government is thinking of enacting a law to make education compulsory for all children. The Law Department is drafting legislation in consultation with the Education Department.

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