Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan in 3.63L schools: HRD Min
In a country where primary education is still in poor state, the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), a programme for universalisation of elementary education, is making Ministry of Human Resource Development’s mission to educate all possible. According to HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, there are 3.36 lakh SSA schools across the country, which include 2.04 lakh primary and 1.59 lakh upper primary schools to ensure universal access.
Universal enrollment is the first goal of SSA and all efforts are being made to bring all children, including girls, to school, Javadekar said during Question Hour in Lok Sabha, amidst noisy protests by the Opposition over demonetisation issue.
Javadekar said that the SSA strategies for promotion of girls education include opening of schools in the neighbourhood to make access easier for girls, appointment of additional teachers, including women teachers, free textbooks, free uniforms, separate toilets for girls, teachers sensitisation programmes to promote girls participation, gender-sensitive teaching-learning materials, including textbooks.