Bhopal:Tuesday, July 8:The state government is fully seized of the problems being faced by the students of those schools which do not have their own buildings. Presently, all the primary schools have been rid of this problem. Now the state government is undertaking efforts to ensure that from the next academic session all the middle schools are also run in the buildings of their own. Decks have also been cleared for the same.
This year 1483 new buildings of middle schools would be constructed for which funds to the tune of Rs 107 crore 51 lakh 75 have been sanctioned. Not only this, but Rs 466 crore 75 lakh 20 thousand has also been allocated for construction of 19 thousand 448 additional rooms in middle schools. All the old primary schools have already been provided their own buildings and therefore, no funds are required to be sanctioned under this head.
It has been among top priorities of the state government right since its taking over reins four and half years ago, that every school must have its own building. That was why the state government never dragged its feet when it came to funding of construction of new school buildings. This responsibility is being carried out by Rajya Shiksha Kendra. During the preceding financial year 2007-08, Rs 16 crore 92 lakh 14 thousand was sanctioned for construction of 244 new primary school buildings. During the same period, Rs 314 crore was allocated for four thousand 486 new buildings of middle schools and Rs 255 crore 71 lakh 90 thousand for construction of nine thousand 700 new rooms.
This fact also assumes significance that no old primary schools is left to be sanctioned money for construction of new building. It means that new primary schools would be opened in their own buildings. Construction takes a stipulated time but even then the state government is ensuring that delays do not occur and all the new buildings are constructed in time with qualitative work. For this, constant monitoring is being undertaken. Adequate drinking water and sanitation arrangements were also ensured during the construction of buildings last year as the state government provided Rs 72 crore 10 lakh for such arrangements in 10 thousand 301 schools.