The government is considering setting up a new Centrally-sponsored scheme for protection of minors to bring under one umbrella the existing programmes such as childline services and projects for street children, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Monday.
Minister of State for Women and Child Development Renuka Chowdhury said the Working Group on Development of Children for the 11th Five Year Plan has recommended creation of an Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) that will be Centrally sponsored.
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It is proposed that the existing schemes and programmes such as those for juvenile justice and street children as well as the childline services be brought under the new scheme, Chowdhury said.
Of these, 46 projects and 3,353 Anganwadi centres are in tribal areas, she said, adding further expansion of the scheme was under consideration of the government. There is one teacher for 41 students on an average at the primary education level in the country, the Rajya Sabha was also informed.
The working group report on Elementary and Adult Education for the Tenth Five-Year Plan projected a requirement of 10.66 lakh additional teachers, Minister of State for Human Resource Development MAA Fatmi said id during Question Hour. He said 10.12 lakh teacher posts have been sanctioned by the Central government under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) programme up to 2006-07.
Fatmi said the ratio of one teacher for 41 students on an average in primary schools was satisfactory. HRD Minister Arjun Singh told the House that there was a shortage of trained teachers for government schools.
In reply to a query by media personality and Nominated Member Shobhana Bhartia on whether the Unesco report had placed India among the lower bottom of education, Minister of State for HRD D Purandeswari said the report had also lauded efforts of India in some areas of education.
Bhartia also wanted to know whether India “was on the bottom of the heap” in gender parity in schools. The minister told the House that the government was improving education infrastructure for increasing enrollment of girls in schools.