New five-year plan promises more schools and better facilities

NEW DELHI: Integrated science laboratories, intelligent classrooms, playful learning, support for vocational training. These are just some of the focus areas of Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan’s five-year plan that has been sent to states and union territories (a copy of which is with TOI).

The Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan was launched in 2018 to enable an integrated and holistic school education. Instead of different schemes that looked at pre-school, primary and secondary schools in silos, the Samagra Shiksha scheme treats the school as a continuum – from preschool through primary to upper secondary level. The scheme was last August until 2025-26 extended.

According to the Ministry of Education, the Samagra Shiksha program was fully aligned with the recommendations of the National Education Policy and “many transformative recommendations of the NEP 2020 have been included in the Samagra Shiksha program”.


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What’s on the five-year plan?

The plan includes annual calendar activities, national initiative for reading skills with understanding and competence, implementation of VidyaPravesh – a three-month playful school preparation module for upper secondary level, access and retention, as well as quality and innovation.

On issuing the guidelines, Maneesh Garg, joint secretary for the Department of School Education and Literacy, said, “As the program continues for the next five years through 2025-26, it is time we did an appropriate planning process based on the measurable results initiate. ”so that the program can have some tangible benefits in the years to come. The planning should be done in a decentralized manner and involve all those involved directly from the grassroots in order to make them realistic, achievable and accountable. ”

More schools

The government has announced its goal of achieving 100% GER (gross enrollment rate) at all levels, as foreseen in the NEP 2020. To this end, the center has asked the states and union territories to submit their proposals for the opening of new secondary and secondary schools via GIS mapping to the Department of Education.

In order to stop the higher dropout rate in the upper grades and to guarantee universal access and retention, the ministry proposed “a 2-3 month standby module for children who enter class lX in order to prepare them for secondary school”.

The document also states that “50% of the composite secondary / secondary schools foreseen in the NEP 2020 will be supported for vocational training over the next 4 years”.

The center has also asked states and territories of the Union to develop plans for the provision of integrated science laboratories, electricity for ICT, and smart classrooms in all schools. Apart from the fact that all schools in all girls’ homes have adequate facilities for toilets, hand washing and drinking water as well as incinerators and machines for sanitary towels.

The ministry also stated that the center will identify more than 15,000 schools across the country in order to develop them into exemplary schools in terms of infrastructure and quality. The schools selected receive separate funding and are not accepted under Samagra Shiksha.


The Ministry of Education said the center’s estimated share would be Rs 42,211.47 billion for the years 2022-23; States and Union territories would have to spend 23,443.40 billion rupees during this period. In the years 2022-23 alone, a total of 65,654.87 billion rupees will be spent.


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