An increase in its budget under Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan from Rs. 50 crore to Rs. 80 crore has allowed the UT administration to plan more schools for the city's periphery.
The decision, education secretary VK Singh said, had been taken as, compared to Chandigarh, areas in the city's periphery lacked education infrastructure and government schools there often worked in double shifts.
VK Singh said the increased budget would be used in areas that need it the most. "There are few schools on the outskirts of Chandigarh and students often end up walking long distances just to study," he said. "If the children are so dedicated, then we can surely take the schools to them."
Besides, the money will be used to improve the infrastructure of government schools that are in a poor state.
"There are schools that are working in double shifts. As there are more children and less schools, we need to build more schools," he added.
He added that new schools would ease pressure on teachers who work in double shifts to teach students.
The education secretary welcomed the 66% increase in budget. "I think this is a good step. We are under immense pressure and now will hopefully be able to take some remedial measures," he said. "Earlier, we were facing problems in maintain a healthy student-teacher ratio," he said.
Teachers, too, welcomed the plans of the UT administration, but they said more teachers should be hired. "We often have to stay back till 6pm. The administration should appoint more teachers," Amit Garg, a teacher appointed under SSA, said.