Under the Rashtriya Madhyamic Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) in Jharkhand, a total of 894 new secondary schools were sanctioned during 2012-13.Among them 657 were functional,Shashi Tharoor,Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development informed Rajya Sabha Member Mr. Parimal Nathwani.
Tharur stated this in response to questions from Mr. Nathwani about the status of implementation of the RMSA Scheme in Jharkhand.
Tharoor further said that 572 existing secondary schools in Jharkhand were approved first to strengthening under the same scheme and out of this,the tendering process has begun in 552 schools.The tendering process for civil work is completed in 20 schools, he added.
The Rashtriya Madhyamic Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) is a centrally sponsored scheme.It was launched in 2009 with an aim to make secondary education of good quality available, accessible and affordable to all young persons. The objective of the scheme is to provide a secondary school within the reasonable distance of every habitation to ensure universal access to the secondary level education by 2017 and universal retention by 2020.
The Minister also stated that since the inception of the RMSA, 8175 new secondary schools (Class 9-10) have been opened; the strengthening of 34311 existing secondary schools was approved and 99577 posts of teachers were sanctioned.