Gujarat government will be setting up model schools that could compete with any of the private schools in terms of providing quality education. With the beginning of new academic year in mid June state government will be opening 79 model schools in 85 talukas. Out of these 12 schools will be located in tribal dominated areas of the state.
These model schools will be set up under the centrally sponsored scheme ‘Rashtriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhiyan” (RMSA), where central government provides 72 percent funds while rest 28 percent is contributed by the state government.
“We are aiming to provide quality education to the children from under privileged society and the children below poverty line (BPL) families,” said state education minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama.
“Education provided in a model schools will be based holistic and integral approach touching upon physical, emotional and aesthetic development in addition to academics,” he added.
According to education department officials, students’ enrolment process has been almost completed in model schools and academics will commence from June.
“Under RMSA, state government is aiming to improve secondary education in rural areas mainly for the girls in Gujarat. These all are residential schools where students will have hostel facility,” said R S Ninama, joint director of education department.
Ninama said, “Model schools will have the same facilities as of any of the private educational institutes and each class will have 40 students.”
The project cost of model school is around Rs 315 crore. About Rs 4 crore has been spent on each school.
Infrastructure in the model schools would include computer classrooms, security, air conditioned laboratory over and above the basic requirements. The schools will also provide meal and residential facilities to the students.