The central government approved 69.09 crore for the Union Territory under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan for 2014-15 session last week.
The UT education department has already moved several proposals for the release of the grants under various heads.
The overall budget funding this year has gone up by 17 crorelast year the gover nment had approved 52 crore out of which nearly 48 crore was used for disbursing salaries of SSA teachers working in government schools. Of the approved budget this year,50 crore will be used for the salary component while the rest has been allocated for the academic needs of the department.
The department has allocated a whopping 2.14 crore for the purpose of special training, an urgent requirement in the light of the poor academic performance of government schools, not only in Class 10 and 12 board exams but also in Class 9 and Class 11. Nearly 2 crore has been earmarked for distribution of free text books, while close to`1.17 crore has been sanctioned for procurement of school uniforms.The department has allocated 9 crore for infrastructure development and nearly 1.78 crore for other sundry expenses.
Besides this, a sum of 1 crore has been ear marked for the disbursing the salaries of the cluster resource co-coordinators (CRC) and Urban Resource Coordinator (URCs).
Chandigarh is among the few states having 20 CRCs and 3 URCs, whose primary job is to guide teachers and improve the quality education, especially in primary classes.
The recent result debacle has also lead to questions being raised about their efficacy.
A department of ficial said that there was a need to mobilise the department towards achieving better goals. “For instance, teachers should be held accountable for their poor performance and so should be the CRCs if they fail to do justice to their job. Those managing the affairs at the department level should also be made responsible,” the official said.
Some officials said that the department must depute some officials to manage SSA funds.
Currently, deputy director Chanchal Singh, who already has heavy portfolios of School and Adult Education, has also been given additional charge of SSA mission coordinator. “Recently the central government approved three posts of deputy director. New officials should be inducted to decentralise powers within the department,” said a senior official.
DPI (s) Kamlesh Kumar said that the department is now preparing the blue print on how to improve the working ofthe department and soon it would be implemented.