The Delhi Cabinet on Monday decided to implement centrally-sponsored Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) under which the city government will strive to achieve 100 per cent enrolment in ninth and tenth classes in secondary schools within next five years.
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, after the Cabinet meeting, said although RMSA aims to achieve a General Enrolment Ratio (GER) of 75 per cent in classes IX and X in the country, the GER for Delhi is already 83 for class-IX and her government will now strive hard to make it 100 per cent.
"The city government will strive hard to achieve cent per cent GER by the end of 11th Five Year Plan to become a role model for other states and Union Territories," Dikshit said.
Apart from achieving higher GER, the RMSA also aims to establish a secondary school within a reasonable distance of every habitation and improve the quality of education imparted at the secondary level.
The Centre plans to invest a whopping Rs 20,000 crore during the 11th Plan to implement the scheme. After Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, the RMSA is considered to be a major programme for secondary education.
The GER at national level as per data available for 2005-06 is 52.26 per cent.
The Cabinet has also given its nod for setting up of an institutional framework to implement RMSA in the national capital. Officials said a state mission on RMSA will be constituted under the chairmanship of Dikshit.