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Cabinet clears ₹27,360 crore school education programme

NEW DELHI: The Union cabinet on Wednesday approved a new centrally sponsored program to create digitally-driven schools and strengthen nearly 14,600 existing schools focused on holistic development of individuals. Under the scheme, 27,360 crore will be spent in five years to 2026-27, of which 66% will come from the central government.

Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister of Education and Skills Development and Entrepreneurship, told reporters that these schools will be designed as green institutions with digital learning resources and will focus on entrepreneurship. More than 18 lakh students are expected to be direct beneficiaries of the scheme.

Kendriya Vidyalayas and Navodaya Vidyalayas will also be strengthened under the Prime Minister’s PMSHRI (Schools for Rising India) scheme, which transfers funds directly from the central government to the school’s account. The school board will have an important say in its use according to their requirements.

An official statement said these schools will create and nurture holistic and well-rounded individuals equipped with key 21st century skills and also provide mentoring and leadership to other schools in their area.

These schools will encourage flexibility in the choice of subjects offered to students. They will also encourage native/local languages ​​as languages ​​of instruction using technological interventions to help overcome language barriers, the statement said.

The PMSHRI schools will be developed as green schools, with eco-friendly aspects such as solar panels and LED lighting, food gardens with natural farming, waste management and water conservation and harvesting, the statement said.

Pedagogy adopted in these schools will be more experiential, holistic and integrated, the statement said.

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The focus will be on the learning outcomes of each child in each class. Assessment at all levels will be based on conceptual understanding and application of knowledge to real life situations and will be based on competence, the statement said.

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