Himachal government increases education budget by 142 percent

During the review meeting of the Education Department P.K.Dhumal, the Chief Minister said that Himachal Pradesh has one of the best teacher-pupil ratio in the country and had been registered at 17 while the average classroom size was 18, school size 56 and percentage of girls: all schools 47.27, Government Schools: 49.22.

He further stated that over the years pass percentage had increased substantially and the drop out rate has minimized however the state is making preparations to implement the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan to develop senior secondary schools as accessible and affordable to the young people in the age group of 15-16, improve quality of education through making all secondary schools, remove gender, socio-economic and disability barriers so that universal access was achieved by the year 2017 as 75 percent enrolment ratio achieved by 2011-12. He announced that the state government had introduced a number of scholarships and about 4 crores were being spent while efforts needed to be made to construct school toilets under the Total Sanitation programme under implementation in the state while water supplies made available under local drinking water supply schemes.

While addressing the inaugural ceremony of the newly constructed auditorium-cum-Library Block of the Rajiv Gandhi Government Degree College, Kotshera, Dhumal announced an increase in the budgetary provision under capital head by about 142 percent.

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