Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 7:
The Odisha government has decided to open 50 model schools across the state this year for which the admission process would begin from June.
Informing this to the media at the State Secretariat here on Wednesday, School and Mass Education minister Debi Prasad Mishra said the Centre had sanctioned Rs 278 crore to the state government for setting up of the model schools in two phases.
“However, the Centre has sanctioned only Rs one crore in the current budget and has asked the state government to bear the cots of the rest while leaving the decision on whether to run it or stop it on the state. As the state government has already started this project, it would carry on with it even without any Central assistance. The state government would open a model school in each of the 314 blocks in phases”, he said.
The minister said while construction of 33 model schools had been completed, construction of 80 more would be completed by June this year.
Out of the 80 model schools, admission in 50 schools would begin in June for which the department is now preparing a list of 50 model schools where the admission for Class VI would begin under direct supervision of the Block Education Officer (BEO), he added.
The strength of the students for class VI will be 80 with 40 students each in two sections.
The students would be taught as per the CBSE curriculum while the second language would be Odia. The students would be selected for admission on the basis of the mark they have secured in class V, Mishra said.
Referring to the reservation criteria for these model schools, the minister said the reservation norms would be in proportion to the percentage of caste of the people of the block where the school is situated. He, however, made it clear that 50 percent of seats would be reserved for girls.
“The state government would provide books to the model school students free of cost,” the minister said, adding that the Tatas and Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC) have agreed to provide necessary infrastructure facilities for 30 and 25 model schools respectively.
Talking about the academic activities of these model schools, Mishra said the Board of Secondary Education (BSE) would conduct the examinations of these schools.
Sources in the School and Mass Education department said the Centre had decided to open model schools in 173 educationally backwards blocks in Odisha under Rashtriya Madhyamik Siksha Yojana (RMSA).
Of the 173 model schools, the Centre has approved 162 while the remaining 11 schools are under consideration.
As decided by the Centre, each model school will have classes from VI to XII. The school will have a built up area of 25,000 sq ft with 28 classrooms with each class having two sections with a maxium of 40 students each.
This apart, the school will have a 100-bedded hostel in its premises with other facilities like a library, a mini stadium and an amphitheatre. There will be one teacher for every 25 students whose salary would be at par with the teachers of Ekalavya School.
The appointment of teachers for the model schools would be made through special recruitment.