The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved the setting up of 1,000 additional model schools by state governments in educationally backward blocks (EBBs), taking the total number of such schools to be established to 3,500.
The CCEA had approved the setting up of 2,500 schools by the state governments in November 2008 at an estimate of Rs 9,322 crore during the 11th five year plan out of which, the central government.s share is Rs 7,457 crore. The current proposal of the additional 1,000 schools has been estimated to cost Rs 3,304 crore with the central government’s share of Rs 2,478 crore. Thus, the total estimated central share for establishing 3,500 schools in the government sector is Rs 9,935 crore during the 11th five year plan.
.Each school will have 560 students. Therefore, the total number of students in the 3,500 schools will be 19.60 lakh. The programme will be implemented through the societies set up by the state governments for this purpose,. an official statement said.
The statement further added that the schools will have classes six to 12 or nine to 12 and have standards equivalent or better than Kendriya Vidyalayas. The medium of instruction and affiliating board will be decided by the state governments.
Besides, another 2,500 model schools will be set up in rural blocks in public-private-partnership mode for which modalities are being worked out.