Mumbai: The government proposes to launch a centrally-sponsored scheme to make available quality secondary education in the country during the Eleventh Plan period.
The `Scheme for Universalisation of Access to and Improvement of Quality of Education at Secondary Stage', also known as Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA), would involve investments totalling Rs35,566.62 crore during the entire plan period, officials at the HRD ministry said. A total of Rs 90,485.11 crore would be required for the effective implementation of the scheme by 2020, they added.
The scheme aims to make good quality secondary education available, accessible and affordable to all students in the age group of 15-16 years (classes IX and X), by 2015 by providing a secondary school within five km of any habitation and a higher secondary school within seven km of any habitation as also universal retention by 2020.
The scheme proposes in-service training for teachers, leadership training of school head, curricular reforms as also upgradation of upper primary schools through construction of classrooms, laboratories, computer rooms, library rooms and appointment of additional teachers.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has made an announcement to this effect in his Independence Day speech. The scheme envisages: provision of infrastructure and resources in the secondary education sector to create higher capacity in secondary schools in the country, and for improvement in quality of learning in the school; filling the missing gaps in the existing secondary schools system; provision of extra support for education of girls, rural children and students belonging to SC/ST, minority and other weaker sections of the society; and (iv) a holistic convergent framework for implementation of various schemes in secondary education.