Better facilities recommended to woo back students

933 primary, 160 high schools to get necessary infrastructure

In the Vision 2020 document submitted to the Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda, the departments have proposed to implement various development work in the government schools of Dakshina Kannada. Once the proposal is approved, then all the necessary infrastructure including additional classrooms, compound walls, toilets, drinking water supply and furniture will be provided to 160 government high schools and 933 government primary schools in the district.

It was said that lack of infrastructure is one of the reason for parents in the district to think of sending their wards to private schools. After assuming the office, the Chief Minister had promised to develop his own district and make it a model. Accordingly, the zilla panchayat had submitted a Vision - 2020 document for the integrated development of the district and the proposals for the development in education sector were also included in it.

As per the document, emphasis was given to additional school buildings and classrooms for schools in the district. It has been proposed to construct additional classrooms for 104 high schools in the district at an estimated cost of Rs 520 lakh. As majority of the government schools do not have compound walls, it will be constructed for 422 identified primary schools at an estimated cost of Rs 422 lakh and for 83 high schools at a cost of Rs 527.98 lakh. A sum of  Rs 205 lakh has been earmarked to provide playgrounds for 110 primary schools. A sum of Rs 45 lakh has been proposed for the construction of additional toilets in high schools. To provide drinking water supply to high schools in the district, a sum of Rs 21 lakh has been earmarked.

“The government releases meager amount for taking up annual maintenance in high schools. Hence, the departments have requested the government to realease a sum of Rs two lakh each for a school to take up annual maintenance work in high schools. The government also releases small amount for the purchase of furniture for primary and high schools every year. We have urged the government to release Rs 50 lakh annually to purchase furniture for primary and high schools,” said sources.

The Vision 2020 document also proposes to construct a full-fledged ‘Gurubhavana’ for the teachers at an estimated cost of Rs 200 lakh in Mangalore, to carry our various activities of the teaching community.

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