Existing schools network to be strengthened: CM
SHIMLA--- Time has come to consolidate the existing schools and create adequate infrastructure for them rather than opening new schools except in the remote and tribal areas and that too according to the need, said Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh after inaugurating the newly constructed block of Government Senior Secondary School, Chotta Shimla completed with an outlay of Rs.10.50 crore, here today.
Addressing the gathering the Chief Minister said that the new schools were either opened or upgraded after conducting a proper survey and not in haste after taking into account the distance and strength of the students, barring few far flung and remote areas where these were opened keeping in consideration the hard topography of that area.
He said that enough had been achieved in the field of education with the state ranking second after Kerela in terms of literacy in the country. "I think many schools have been opened and we have reached the saturation point, adding that the stage of expansion has been achieved and now the existing schools would be rationalized and consolidated", he said.
New schools would now only be opened in those areas, where the Government feels a dire need to do the same, said he, adding that time was not far when every school in the remotest area would have a school atleast to provide basic education to the children at their very door-step.
He said that the Government Senior Secondary School of Lakkar Bazar would also be renovated but the land was with the Waqf Board and the Government would request the Waqf Board to devise a solution so that the schools could be re-constructed with all modern facilities.
Apart from this, Sanjauli GSSS would also be re-constructed on modern lines and adequate budget was also available provided the Municipal Corporation gives No Objection Certificate (NOC) for the same.
The Chief Minister announced a sum of Rs. 35,000 for promoting cultural activities to the school from his discretionary fund.
Earlier, speaking on the occasion, MLA Shri Suresh Bhardwaj contributed the spread of education to Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh. He said that since the congress government ruled the state for a longer period of time, maximum expansion of education had been done under the Chief Ministership of Shri Virbhadra Singh. He also congratulated the school authorities for having re-constructed a beautiful complex of one of the oldest school of the State.
Mayor, Shri Sanjay Chauhan said that the standard of the Government schools in the state was far better than many of the private schools. He also agreed to provide NOC for reconstructing the building of GSSS, Sanjauli.
He said that the way the students were making their presence felt in various events organized on the occasion, it gives an expression of the quality education in government schools. Apart from this, the teaching faculty in government schools was far better than Private educational institutions.
Principal, Ms. Rajeshwari Batta also detailed about the annual activities of the school. The GSSS, Chotta Shimla which started functioning as Primary School in 1930 became High School in 1974 and GSSS in 1995. She thanked the Chief Minister for inaugurating the reconstructed new block today which houses an elegant auditorium, two big halls, 13 class rooms, four Labs including computer labs, Play ground etc.
MLA, Shri Anirudh Singh, Deputy Mayor, Shri Tikendar Panwar, Vice-Chairperson HPTDC, Shri Harish Janartha, Chairman, HP State Pollution Control Board, Shri Kuldeep Singh Pathania, Councilor, Shri Surinder Chauhan, S.P. Shri D.W. Negi were also present on the occasion amongst others.
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