More tribal areas to get Ekalavya schools

They will have facilities for preserving culture: Jaitley

February 01, 2018 08:38 pm | Updated February 02, 2018 01:53 am IST - NEW DELHI

For use in the issue of August 24 (Stand-alone photograph)
Remembering the sacrifice! As part of fortnight celebration of independence 70- Yaad Karo Kurbani, as many as 1655 persons including staff and students sang the National Anthem at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Kothali , Chikodi taluk in Belagavi District on Tuesday

For use in the issue of August 24 (Stand-alone photograph)
 Remembering the sacrifice! As part of fortnight celebration of independence 70- Yaad Karo Kurbani, as many as 1655 persons including staff and students sang the National Anthem at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Kothali , Chikodi taluk in Belagavi District on Tuesday

The name of legendary tribal archer Ekalavya will soon become synonymous with residential schools in each block of the country where tribal people constitute a majority of the population. This was announced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his Budget speech.

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The Ekalavya Residential School Scheme isn’t new. It has been around for many years now. However, the government has signalled in Budget 2018 that it wants to expand the scope.

“The government is committed to providing the best quality education to the tribal children in their own environment. To realise this mission, it has been decided that by the year 2022, every block with more than 50% ST population and at least 20,000 tribal persons, will have an Ekalavya Model Residential School,” Mr. Jaitley said. “Ekalavya schools will be on a par with Navodaya Vidyalayas and will have special facilities for preserving local art and culture, besides providing training in sports and skill development.”

Mr. Jaitley also hinted at another change. “We propose to treat education holistically without segmentation from pre-nursery to Class 12,” he said.

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