The Delhi government is likely to make a provision of more than Rs 1200 crore for education in the budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.
The allocation for the education sector is expected to be at least 15%-20% higher than the previous years.
Highly-placed sources said the Delhi government has to implement the Right to Education Act (RTE) in all private and government schools from the new academic session and is setting aside a good amount to ensure proper implementation of the Act.
The government has also decided to hire 10,000 trained school teachers in the next few months.
“Apart from reimbursing private schools for the money they would spend on free education of the economically-weaker section, we also need to hire a large number of teachers to ensure government schools implement the RTE in its true spirit. It requires huge (amount of) money,” said a senior Delhi government official.
Sources said chief minister Sheila Dikshit is likely to announce hiring of school teachers and lay emphasis on the education sector while presenting the budget in Delhi Assembly on March 22.
The government had allocated Rs 1,032 crore for education in 2009-10 and Rs 1,122 crore in 2010-2011. Senior officials said this year’s budget allocation is likely to be around Rs 1,220 crore.
With 25% seats reserved for the economically weaker section in schools, the Delhi government is likely to provide free education to more than 50,000 students in 2011-12.
“The Act reserves 25% seats in all schools for the economically weaker section. To implement the Act, we will need to upgrade infrastructure of our schools and will also require to appoint about 10,000 teachers. Those private schools, which have been constructed on private land, will also have to be reimbursed by the government,” an education department official said.
“Delhi will be the first state to implement the Act,” he added.
According to officials, the implementation of the Act will put a huge financial burden on the state. The central and the state governments have agreed to share funds in the ratio of 55-45.
Senior Delhi government officials said they also needed to explore various possibilities on arranging funds to implement the Act.