With the expansion of educational institutions in Himachal Pradesh, especially at the elementary and secondary levels, schools in the state are facing a shortage of classrooms.
About 3,682 primary schools in the state have only two classrooms while 5,303 middle schools are conducting eight classes with just three rooms, officials said in Shimla.
The state government has decided to construct 10,527 additional rooms of which 3,330 rooms have already been constructed while 6,163 rooms would be constructed in the next two years.
Elementary education Director BM Nanta said that initially the rooms have to be provided by the community for opening new schools without charging any rent and these are later vacated after rooms are constructed by the government.
He said that in some of the schools the number of students was low and it was not difficult to accommodate them in two or three rooms.
The state government has also upgraded the Directorate of Primary Education as the Directorate of Elementary Education.