27 thousand 910 new primary schools opened
Bhopal. School Education Department has ensured availability of schools in all the colonies of the state under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. Under this campaign, 27 thousand 910 new primary schools have been opened and 17 thousand 851 primary schools have been upgraded to middle schools. The number of primary schools has increased to 83 thousand 890 and the number of middle schools has increased to 30 thousand 341 including the schools opened in the earlier colonies. This way there is a rise of 50 percent in the number of primary schools and 143 percent in the number of middle schools under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.
Under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan new buildings for 10 thousand 624 primary and middle schools have been approved. Out of these the construction of 9 thousand 209 school buildings has been completed. The construction work of the remaining buildings is also being completed.
According to the prescribed criteria of the Right to Education Act, one primary school is being opened in a one-kilometer radius on the availability of minimum 40 children in the age group of 6 to 11 years in any colony. Similarly, middle school is being opened within 3 km radius on availability of minimum 12 children in the age group of 11 to 14.