Staff Reporter

Rs.11.96 crore being spent during 2008-09

Project is being implemented by the district panchayat

Funds provided by Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, NABARD

KOZHIKODE: A sum of Rs.11.96 crore is being spent during the 2008-09 academic year to improve infrastructure facilities in government schools in the district.

Speaking to The Hindu here on Monday, district panchayat education standing committee chairman M. Radhakrishnan said that the sum was being used to construct new classrooms, besides carrying out much-needed repairs. Steps to improve academic quality, such as setting up of resource centres, sports centres and the like, were also being taken up.

The school infrastructure improvement project was being implemented by the district panchayat with the assistance of the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD). Funds from the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan were also being used for improving school infrastructure, Mr. Radhakrishnan said.

As many as 42 schools would benefit from the initiative. Seven schools would be provided better infrastructure facilities with Rs.2.8 crore from the tsunami relief fund.

The schools that had been selected for infrastructure improvement included the government higher secondary schools in Koduvalli, Beypore, Balussery, Karuvampoyyil, Kuttiyadi, Kallachi, Avalakutthoth, Meppayur, Valayam, Sivapuram, Peringalam, Atholi, Orkatteri, Naduvannur and Nairkuzhi.

In addition to this, furniture had been bought for Rs.14 lakh under the new Plan fund; while Rs.50 lakh was spent during the last academic year for the purpose. A sum of Rs.2.16 lakh was disbursed for providing laboratory facilities, he added.

A sum of Rs.2.87 crore had been spent on repair in schools. Construction of buildings in three schools — the Balussery, Beypore and Koduvally government higher secondary schools — had been completed.

Electricity Minister A.K. Balan inaugurated four classrooms constructed at Government Vocational Higher Secondary School, Atholi, at a cost of Rs.9.5 lakh.

As much as 90 per cent of the work had been completed in the Madappalli, Cherode, Payyoli, Ariyur, and Puthiyappa higher secondary schools and the Beypore Government Fisheries School, Mr. Radhakrishnan added.