Raipur: Chief minister Bhupesh Baghel on Monday made a special announcement for the students of the state on the auspicious occasion of 75th anniversary of Indian Independence. He said that Swami Atmanand Excellent School scheme will be implemented in 422 schools of the state including 252 schools falling under Bastar and Surguja divisions before the commencement of upcoming academic session.
The Chief Minister was addressing the people of the state at the ceremonial function held at the the police parade ground in Raipur on the occasion of Independence Day. He said that 100 per cent government high schools and higher secondary schools in Dantewada district would be converted into Swami Atmanand Excellent Schools. He said that the state government has taken concrete steps to improve the education system of the state. Under this, recruitment of more than 14,000 teachers was started which is now in the final stages. Apart from this, the process of recruitment of 10,000 teachers has also been started.
He added that this aforementioned ambitious scheme of the Chhattisgarh Government has brought a new revolution in the field of school education. Last year we started this scheme from 51 schools, which has now increased to 279 schools. Out of these 32 schools are of Hindi medium and education is being imparted in English as well as Hindi medium in 247 schools. This year 2 lakh 52 thousand 600 children have taken admission in these schools including 1 lakh 3 thousand children of English medium and 1 lakh 49 thousand 600 children of Hindi medium. We have decided to expand the scope of the scheme in the view of its success and the demand of public. Before the commencement of the next academic session, this scheme will be implemented in 422 schools, out of which 252 schools will be in Bastar and Surguja divisions and 100 per cent government high and higher secondary schools in Dantewada district. We have kept our promise and the process of setting up a boarding school of international standard in Nava Raipur has been started.
“In a bid to provide elementary education to the children in their mother tongue itself, textbooks have been published in 16 local dialects and languages of 4 neighboring states. Under the ‘Free Text Book Scheme’, about 52 lakh textbooks are being provided to class I to class X students of all government and unaided schools and children of ‘madarsas’ up to class VIII. This year, a target has been set to provide free bicycles to 1 lakh 55 thousand girl students studying in ninth class”, he said.
Besides, in an effort to enhance the employability of students right from school, ITI training courses have been started for higher secondary school students. The scheme is being implemented in nearly 114 higher secondary schools. To improve the quality of higher education, 1,459 assistant professors, sports officers, and librarians have been appointed. The honorarium of guest lecturers has been increased. In an effort to open Girls Colleges in all the districts, a new Girls College has been started in Mungeli.