MHRD releases integrated scheme for strengthening basic education in rural areas across the country

Nov 25, 2019 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

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The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) on November 21, 2019, has launched an integrated scheme for school education called as “Samagra Shiksha” including the Centrally Sponsored Schemes of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) and Teacher Education (TE). 

The Samagra Shiksha scheme focuses on improvement in school infrastructure and quality of education in all States and Union Territories including in rural areas. The scheme reaches out to girls and children belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST), minority communities and transgender. It also gives attention to urban deprived children, children affected by periodic migration and children living in remote and scattered habitations. Under the scheme, provision has been made for giving preference to Special Focus Districts (SFDs), Educationally Backward Blocks (EBBs), LWE affected districts, and aspirational districts while planning interventions like setting up of primary schools, upper primary schools, construction of additional classrooms, toilets, Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas (KGBVs), Residential Schools etc.

With reference to Right to Education Act, 2009, the following steps are taken to improve infrastructure and the quality of primary education: -

1.Construction of school buildings, additional classrooms, provision of drinking water facility, construction of Boys’ toilets and separate girls’ toilets and Children with Special Needs (CwSN) toilets, etc.

2.Class-wise and subject-wise learning outcomes which have been finalised for all subjects up to the elementary stage and shared with the states and UTs.

3.National Achievement Survey for classes 3, 5 & 8 based on learning outcomes to identify gaps in learning outcomes at district level and design strategies to address these gaps.

4.The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) has been entrusted to conduct training through Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode.


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