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Rs.523 crore for SSA this year

Special Correspondent
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More than 1,000 toilets will be built for girl students, more than a lakh teachers will be given training, and 1,500 laptops distributed in schools as part of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, for which the Centre has sanctioned Rs.523.01 crore this year.

Last year, the fund allotted to the SSA was Rs.476 crore, of which only Rs. 266 crore was spent, Education Minister P.K. Abdu Rabb told a press conference here on Monday.

Learning material will be distributed free of cost to students in classes two to eight in government aided schools this year. Moreover, two sets of uniforms will be given along with the learning material in government schools.

This is aimed at girl students, boys in the SC category, and boys in the BPL category.

A sum of Rs.7,000 will be given to each upper primary school and Rs.5,000, to each lower primary school for enhancing the teaching-learning environment. Each teacher will be given Rs.500 for making available adequate equipment in classrooms. Each school will get Rs.7,500 for maintenance work.

As many as 1,28,936 teachers will be trained to use textbooks, teachers' handbook, and in the methodology of evaluation and handling day-to-day issues in classrooms.

Funds have also been set aside for the improved functioning of block resource centres and urban resource centres, Mr. Rabb said. Special funds have been set aside for cluster resource centres functioning at the panchayat level.

While 1,165 toilets will be built for girl students at a cost of Rs.8.5 crore, 682 toilets will be set up in schools in urban areas at a cost of Rs.3.41 crore. For physically challenged students, 735 toilets will be constructed at a cost of Rs.1.84 crore. While 32 drinking water units will be set up at a cost of Rs.6.4 lakh, 3,609 electrification units will be installed at a cost of Rs.3.61 crore, the Minister said.

As many as 1,806 schools will be made student friendly; each school will be given Rs.1 lakh for this purpose. A sum of Rs.6.91 crore has been earmarked for the purchase of furniture in government schools.

Five laptops each will be given to 300 schools and 1,000 laptops to BRCs. He said 300 printers would be installed as part of this drive. Each district would be allocated Rs.50 lakh for this, he added.

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