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Tharoor welcomes RMSA approval of Rs 60 cr outlay

Posted on Feb 03, 01:23PM | UNI

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 1 : Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor today welcomed the decision to approve an outlay of Rs 59.71 crore for programmes under the Centre's Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) for the year 2012-13.

Under the scheme 75 per cent of the funding is done by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development, he said in a statement here.

Dr Tharoor stated the RMSA scheme has important objectives with respect to improving physical facilities, quality enhancement and social equity. Outlay of Rs 59.71 crore can be made effective use of by the state government to make significant improvements in government secondary schools in the state which have been neglected over the years.

It would help to raise the level of facilities and other parameters in these schools to make them attractive to students residing in their neighbourhood and thereby check the flow to private management schools who are hitherto seen to offer better facilities.

The present outlay made for Kerala envisages sanctioning of 560 teacher posts and upgradation of 112 schools by addition of classes 9 and 10.

Each of these 112 schools will also have an additional post of one clerk and one laboratory assistant. A sum of Rs 10.49 crore has been set aside for teacher training.

A sum of Rs 75,000 each has been sanctioned as annual grant for 1,141 high schools, Rs 10.49 crore for teacher and Rs 14.7 crore for 'exposure trips' of students and teachers.

Schools in each revenue district would get Rs 3 lakh (per district) for organising a science fair, craft mela, and a book fair.

An amount of Rs 14 lakh has been sanctioned for instituting guidance and counselling facilities to RMSA schools.

An establishment cost of Rs 1.2 crore would also form part of the package.