New Delhi: In a bid to ensure universal access to secondary education by 2020, Government today gave the go ahead to the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) scheme for which Rs20,120 crore has been allocated in the 11th Five Year Plan.
The scheme will be implemented during both the 11th and 12th five year plans, science and technology minister Kapil Sibal said while briefing reporters on decisions taken by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA).
During the 11th Plan, the Union Government will bear 75% of the project expenditure while states will bear the balance 25%, Sibal said.
For the 12th plan, however, the sharing pattern will be on a 50:50 basis although the funding pattern for the North Eastern states will be 90:10 for both the 11th and 12th Plans, Sibal said.
The objective of the Scheme is to achieve a General Enrolment Ratio (GER) of 75% for classes IX-X within five years from 52.26% in 2005-06 by providing a secondary school within a reasonable distance of every habitation.
The Scheme also aims at improving the quality of secondary education by making all secondary schools conform to the prescribed norms.
The other objectives of the Scheme are removal of gender, socio-economic and disability barriers and ensuring universal access to secondary level education by 2017 and universal retention by 2020.