Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan in 3.63 lakh schools: HRD Minister Javadekar
HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar on Monday informed that Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) programme for universalisation of elementary education, has provided 2.04 lakh primary and 1.59 lakh upper primary schools across the country to ensure universal access.
The minister said that universal enrollment is the first goal of SSA and all efforts are being made to bring all children, including girls, to school. Javadekar was speaking in the Lok Sabha during Question Hour.
He said SSA strategies for promotion of girls education which includes the opening of schools in the neighbourhood to make access easier for girls, appointment of additional teachers, including women teachers, free textbooks, free uniforms and separate toilets for girls.
About 13.58 crore children in 11.08 lakh government schools have access to gender-segregated toilets, said Javadekar.
Javadekar said there were 51,81,791 sanctioned posts of teachers, out of which 42,74,206 teachers are in position. There were 9,07,585 vacancies (17.51 per cent) at an elementary level under state and SSA as on March 2016.
In addition to the SSA, the government has also opened Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas in educationally backward blocks where the female rural literacy rate is below the national average to provide residential upper primary schools for girls from SC/ST/OBC/ Muslim and BPL families.
Javadekar said that under the mid-day meal scheme, central financial assistance is being provided to all states and UTs for implementation of the scheme.