6 Jan : A total budget outlay of Rs 4514.80 Lacs has been proposed by U.T.CHANDIGARH for providing universal access to Secondary Education during 2010-2011 under the centrally sponsored scheme popularly known as RASHTRIYA MADHYMIK SHIKSHA ABHIYAN (RMSA) on January 6th a meeting was taken by the Secretary Education Sh Ram Niwas with the Director Education and senior officials of Education department. The Key points discussed in the meeting were regarding summoning the annual plan and prospective plan for 2010-2020 from the Ministry of Human Resource and Development as well as the annual plan and budget for 2010-2011 amounting to Rs 45 crores.
Chandigarh U.T.has proposed to achieve GER of 50 % by 2012, 90 % by 2019 and 100 % by 2020. The NER of 100 % will possibly be achieved by 2022. To achieve these targets the enrolment has increased from 20211 in 2007-08 to 38454 in 2012; 65752 in 2015 to 85328 in 2017 to 100822 in 2020 and 117351 in 2022.As such over a span of 15 years the enrolment at secondary education i.e in classes IX and X is targeted to rise by five times.
The analysis of enrolment data at secondary stage indicates that the share of Government schools in total enrolment at secondary stage is nearly 70 %.If universalization of Secondary Education is to be achieved as targeted the share of Government schools will further increase as most of the children who don’t join the schools or drop out before completing elementary grades fall in low socio economic strata.
To achieve the targets and meet the requirement of additional enrolment ,RMSA,UT has proposed to construct new school buildings, additional class rooms and toilet blocks, Deployment of teachers, In Service training programmes to meet the expectations of NCF 2005,creating disabled friendly environment by putting up ramps , rails and modifying toilets, pathways, provide special support to physically and mentally challenged and differently abled children, improvement of school infrastructure by upgrading the existing science and other labs , setting up new composite labs and strengthening of libraries, extension of ICT to make it happen, introduction of work education and development and up gradation of play grounds and procurement of additional sports equipment, replacement of obsolete equipment, promote active learning methodology, Improving instructional process to provide sufficient condition for quality secondary education. Improving equity for ensuring universal participation and performance at predetermined levels across all the social groups by giving various incentives in cash and kind.
It has been proposed that Rs 3314.26 lakh will be spent for construction of additional classrooms in the existing and upgraded schools, new composite Labs ,Libraries, Staff room, Medical room and Furniture and fixtures etc.Around 637.88 Lakh has been proposed for additional posts of teachers for newly upgraded and existing schools; In service training, interventions for improvement of classroom process and strengthening of Academic support structures.