Bhubaneswar, Oct. 24: A supplementary budget of Rs 225 crore has been approved by Centre for the implementation of the Right to Education Act (RTA) and Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) scheme in the state for 2010-11.
The planning approval board of ministry of human resource development approved the amount following a meeting with a team of senior officials from the state school and mass education department in New Delhi on Friday.
KGBV — the residential school programme at the elementary level — aims to rehabilitate upper primary girl school dropouts belonging to scheduled caste, scheduled tribe, other backward castes, minorities, and BPL categories.
The funds will be used to set up residential schools, where there are a minimum of 50 girls, predominantly from the SC, ST and minority communities, available to study in the school at the elementary level. The money will also be used to provide adequate infrastructure and procure necessary teaching learning material and aid.
The money will also be used to put in place appropriate systems to provide necessary academic support and for evaluation and monitoring.
The state has by now started 157 KGBVs and completed 40 buildings under the scheme and 117 buildings are in progress. At least 15441 girls have been enrolled. Of the 1570 posts, 931 are filled up for different classes.
Steps have been taken to initiate vocational training in seven districts of 53 KGBVs in convergence with the Jana Siksha Sanstha,” said a senior official in the school and mass education department.
“Training has been imparted to 104 KBGV accountants in financial management and maintenance of accounts,” he added
The state government, on September 27, notified the Orissa Right of Children To Free and Compulsory Education Rule 2010, in which rules and responsibilities of teachers, education officers and local authorities were codified.