| A government school in Patna. Telegraph picture |
Patna, Dec. 24: After the huge success of Mukhya Mantri Cycle Yojana and Poshak Yojana (uniform scheme) for schoolchildren, the Bihar Government has decided to set up 410 model schools at different blocks of the state.
The decision was taken after a delegation led by human resource development (HRD) department principal secretary Anjani Kumar Singh held a meeting with HRD officials in New Delhi.
The model schools will be opened under the National Scheme for Secondary Education for which the Union government will bear 75 per cent of the expenditure while the state government will bear the remaining 25 per cent.
Each school will be constructed an area of 5 acre and the schools will be equipped with all basic infrastructure including modern facilities.
The main aim behind opening the model schools is to provide better and quality education to students particularly in rural areas so that they do not lag behind urban centre students.
The team which visited New Delhi presented a project before the HRD officials and it was okayed by the Centre.
As per the scheme, meritorious students would be admitted in the schools through examination. Each school will be built at a cost of Rs 3.07 crore and all schools would be set up in educationally backward areas.
KK Sinha, director, secondary education, said: “There are around 530 educationally backward blocks in the state and these schools will be set in these blocks only.”
Apart from these under the National Scheme for Secondary Education each middle secondary schools will be provided Rs 50,000 for maintenance ever year.
There are many secondary schools in State which are in poor state due to poor maintenance and it requires urgent care for renovating these schools.
It has also be been decided that 4000 secondary schools will be upgraded as high schools and a sum of Rs 30 lakh has been sanctioned for each schools. The construction of model schools and up-gradation of middle schools to high school schools is a continuous process and in first phase, most educationally backward schools will be selected.
The new scheme is to give impetus to state government’s aim to improve education scene in state.
Nitish Kumar in his first term constructed 15,000 new schools at village and block level. Apart from these, 16,000 primary schools were upgraded to secondary level and more than 3000 secondary schools were upgraded to higher secondary level at the same time.
One lakh schools rooms have been constructed by government with many at even at remote corners of the state in the NDA government’s first term.
The initiatives have turned around the education scene in the state and also shot up the attendance of children, particularly girls, in schools.