6000 model schools to be set up by Government

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To set up 6,000 model schools after getting the Right to Education (RTE) legislation cleared by Parliament, the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government is ready to put the plan into action. Amongst these schools 2,500 schools are covered under the public private partnership (PPP), that are to be set up before the start of the next academic session. The Ministry of Human Resource Departments' (MHRD) proposal on Tuesday to the Planning Commission seeks out to establish 2,500 Jawahar Kendriya Vidyalayas on the PPP model. These schools will impart quality education to more than 25 lakh underprivileged children. The government hopes to attract private investment of INR 10,000 crore in the 2,500 PPP schools under the scheme.

This will ensure quality education to poor children and save public funds. The private players such as trusts, societies and non-profit organizations will be given freedom in management and hiring of teaching staff. They will have to maintain infrastructure as per Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) standards. As per the proposal, the governments' role will continue in these schools in ensuring reservation, quality of education and setting the curriculum. 1,000 students in each school will be provided financial support by the government. The ratio of these 1,000 students will be 50pc for Scheduled Caste, Scheduled tribe, Other Backward Classes (SC/ST/OBC) groups and 50pc for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) respectively. Of the 1,000 students getting financial support, 25% will be girls and 5% will be reserved as the government's discretionary quota.

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