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Mixed reactions to Model schools in TS

Mixed reactions to Model schools in TS
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Fresh budgetary allocations to Model schools in the State have led to mixed reactions among the teaching fraternity of the Telangana State. The State...

Hyderabad: Fresh budgetary allocations to Model schools in the State have led to mixed reactions among the teaching fraternity of the Telangana State. The State government has proposed a fresh set of 175 Model schools, one each at mandal-level, with assistance of Rs 940.73 crore in budget 2014-15 from the Centre.

There are already 177 Model schools in operation and this is only the second academic year for these schools, according to Chava Ravi, general secretary of Telangana Teachers United Federation (TTUF).The Centre and State governments bare the cost of establishing and running Model schools in 75:25 ratio.

The Model schools were planned for Educationally Backward Blocks (EBBs) and are aimed to give education to poor children of rural areas on par with corporate schools. They will have CBSE syllabus, English medium and top notch infrastructure. Other facilities like girls’ hostels and transport for girl students have not yet been implemented.

“Teaching staff are recruited through separate notification by a specially created society, which also takes care of their administration. However, the teachers in Model schools are facing some problems. Though they were promised pay scales on par with government teachers, the State government is not paying interim relief and DA to them on regular basis. This has led to unrest among them and this in turn has affected performance of these schools. They are now seen just like other local body schools,” Chava Ravi told The Hans India.

According to Venkat Reddy, chairman of Telangana Teachers JAC, “Model schools have not yet become popular among school-going children, but this situation will change if these schools are run more efficiently.”The Model school scheme was launched by the UPA government in 2008 with an aim to provide quality education to talented children at block level at the rate of one school per block. In the case of AP and Telangana states, mandal is taken as a unit instead of a block. Centre wants to set up a total of 6,000 Model schools as benchmarks of excellence.

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