From improving infrastructure in schools, recruiting teachers to implementing Right to Education (RTE) and providing more scholarships to students, Delhi government's budget 2011-12 has a slew of measures for students.
The budget proposed an outlay of R1,301 crore for the education sector, which is 9% of the total budget.
To ensure proper implementation of the RTE Act that makes education to all a fundamental right, the education department will recruit over 14,000 teaching staff, including principals, post-graduate teachers, trained graduate teachers, lab assistants, assistant teachers, computer science teachers along with administrative staff.
The government also plans to build 30 new schools in the next fiscal with a budget of R270 crore. While projects for construction 15 new school buildings, costing approximately R191 crore, have been approved, the project reports for 15 more new school buildings are being prepared. From the total amount, R40 crore will be spent on setting up new computer labs.
The government has also approved creation of additional infrastructure facilities over the next three years which includes construction of 2,768 classrooms, 1,000 toilets and 470 water modules at a cost of R1,178 crore.
To retain students and motivate the meritorious ones to pursue higher education, the government has announced host of subsidies and scholarships. Uniform subsidy, which is availed by students from classes 6 to 12, in Delhi government and government-aided schools has been increased from R700 to R900 per annum from the academic session 2011-12.
The Lal Bahadur Shastri Scholarship, which is awarded to students of classes 7 to 12 who secure 80% and above marks and whose parental income does not exceed R1 lakh per annum, has also been revised.
However, Ashok Ganguly, former CBSE chairman, said the budget failed to address the issue of quality teaching.
"The budget concentrates only on accessibility of education in terms of building new infrastructure but not quality. We need to have strong teachers training programmes to ensure quality in classrooms," he said.