The state government has embarked on a project to set up 10 residential model schools for children from BPL families and underpriviledged sections of society. The government plans to operationalise the fully subsidised schools in various parts of Gujarat by June 2013.
Through model schools,the government is trying to increase access to secondary education to children belonging to the underprivileged sections of society. Emphasis will be on science,commerce and vocational streams. The aim is to make secondary education accessible to interior locations that face scarcity of resources,and where children drop out after Class V or VII, said Principal Secretary (Education) Hasmukh Adhia.
These schools will be for children from Class VI to X. Locations have already been identified and land acquired for the schools in tribal as well as non-tribal places,officials said.
The government is also working on a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model for the project. At present,a ratio of 60:40 is being worked out between the government and its private partner,respectively. Once the ratio and other legal procedures are finalised,applications will be invited from interested parties.
In a recent Government Resolution,Rs 2 crore was sanctioned for the project. The concerned education officers in their respective areas have been directed to formulate measures for implementation of this project,added department officials.
These schools will run from 8 am to 5 pm. In order to maintain a teacher pupil ratio of 1:25,the maximum limit of students in one school will be 2,000.
Nawa Palia in Dahod,Selamba in Narmada,Balchodi in Valsad,Unai in Navsari,Gunsada in Tapi (all tribal districts),Fichod in Sabarkantha,Kadyali in Amreli,Babra in Patan,Vandhay in Kutch and Surdeval in Surendranagar (all non-tribal districts).
Will Gujarat take a cue from Punjab?
Though not introduced as residential schools,Punjab had a few years ago rolled out Adarsh schools project on the PPP model for brilliant students from the economically weaker section of society from pre-nursery to Class XII. However,due to lack of interest among private players,out of a list of around 108 such schools announced by the government in 2009,some could not take off.