The annual budget of the Education Department, with an estimated plan outlay of Rs 4,510 crore, proposes a few new schemes for 2014-15, apart from extending existing schemes. This is aimed at improving the quality of education, especially at primary level.
With an increase of Rs 660 crore, nearly 17 per cent in the plan outlay from the previous year, the annual budget of the department proposes schemes, including Pratibha Vikas Kasauti, Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) tutorial for Class XII students in rural and tribal areas, addition of milk in the mid-day meal scheme.
Pratibha Vikas Kasauti
Under quality improvement of government primary school students, the department has proposed to conduct a special exam of all Class VII students that will assess their strengths and weaknesses. An estimated amount of Rs 50 lakh has been proposed for the scheme where the students’ examination would be followed by guidance to their parents. The marksheets would also carry remedial measures for the parents.
To help bring rural and tribal students at par with urban students in cracking the national engineering entrance examination, JEE), the department would provide them coaching. Bhaskaracharya Institute for Space Applications and Geoinformatics (BISAG) would be roped in for the virtual set up where tutorial would be selected through a process of tendering Rs 50 lakh proposed for the scheme.
Milk in mid-day meal
The process of identifying high priority talukas with low nutrition value among students is being carried out where they would be provided milk in the mid-day meal. Also, a similar mid-day meal and an evening snack to be provided for students of 79 newly inaugurated model schools.
Biometric attendance system will be introduced for each government primary, secondary and higher secondary schools covering teachers, students, administrative staff and entire other school employees. This will include a biometric system for every classroom that comes out to cover an estimated number of 2 lakh locations.
Addressing the poor standards of English teaching among government primary schools, the department has proposed virtual classrooms in the subject. To start with, Class VI students in 500 schools would be provided lessons in the subject.
Bicycles for kids
As an incentive to students for enrolment as well as retention in Class VI, VII and VIII, as a substitute of transport allowance, bicycles will be provided to students with a distance of 3 kilometre and above.