New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the Pradhan Mantri School for Rising India (PM-Shri) scheme on the occasion of Teachers’ Day. Under this, 14,500 schools will be developed and upgraded across the country. The Prime Minister said that PM-Shri would be a modern, transformative and holistic way of imparting education in schools. According to him, special attention will also be given to latest technology, smart classes, sports and modern infrastructure through this.
How will schools and students benefit from this scheme?
More than 18 lakh students of the country will get better school education from more than 14 thousand schools upgraded under PM-Shri scheme. For this, the central government has allocated a budget of Rs 18,128 crore. At the same time, a total of Rs 27,360 crore is going to be spent on this scheme in 5 years.
Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said, “The Union Cabinet has approved the launch of a new scheme for setting up PM-Shri Schools. More than 14,000 schools, including Kendriya Vidyalayas and Navodaya Vidyalayas, have been approved to emerge as PM-Shri Schools. will be strengthened.” Press conference.
The spirit of National Education Policy 2020 will be displayed in PM-SHRI schools and they will also provide mentorship to other schools in their vicinity. The Prime Minister’s Office in a statement said that these schools will not only aim at qualitative teaching, learning and cognitive development, but will also create holistic and well-rounded individuals equipped with key skills of the 21st century.
What are the salient features of NEP in school education?
The NEP envisages a teaching style divided into different stages – basic, primary, middle and secondary. The foundational years (pre-school and grades I, II) will include play-based learning. At the elementary level (III-V), light textbooks are to be introduced along with some formal classroom teaching. Subject teachers are to be introduced at the middle level (VI-VIII). The Secondary stage (IX-XII) will be multi-disciplinary in nature including Arts and Science or other subjects.
How will PM-Shri Schools be different from Kendriya Vidyalayas or Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas?
Kendriya Vidyalayas or Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas come completely under the Union Ministry of Education. They are fully funded by the central government under central sector schemes. Whereas KVs largely take children of central government employees posted in states and union territories. JNVs were established for the brightest students in the rural parts of the country. In contrast, PM Shree Schools will be an upgrade of existing schools run by the Centre, States, Union Territories and local bodies. This essentially means that PM Shree schools can be run either by KVs, JNVs, state government schools or even by municipal corporations.
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