Govt school kids will get second set of uniform by year-end

10:02 AM, Wednesday, November 7th, 2012
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Vishveshvar Hegde KageriBangalore: Here’s some good news for government school students.

Those from classes 1 to 8 studying in government and aided schools across the state will soon get another free uniform set.

The cabinet on Tuesday approved a proposal to give two sets of uniforms for 44.17 lakh students from the next academic year. “As we’ve already distributed one set to students at the beginning of this academic year, we will provide them with another by the year-end ,” said primary and secondary education minister Visveshwara Hegde Kageri.

Students are getting the additional set under the Right to Education Act. The first set was distributed under the Vidya Vikas scheme.

Kageri said the Centre had approved a grant of Rs 88.34 crore under RTE to provide a set of school uniforms to all girl students (25.16 lakh) and boys belonging to scheduled caste (6 lakh), scheduled tribe (2.56 lakh) and BPL families (10.44 lakh). Eventually, the state decided to make an additional allocation of Rs 12.37 crore to provide a second set of uniform to 6.18 lakh students from OBC and general category to ensure parity.

BBMP Schools to go  Hi-Tech

Teaching in Bangalore corporation schools won’t be the same any more. They will be equipped with Satellite-based Advanced Multimedia Education (SAME) interactive coaching. The cabinet has asked the Karnataka State Electronics Development Corporation Ltd to implement the programme through Edusat.

State Seeks  Role in H-K Status

The government plans to write to the Centre demanding power to execute schemes under the special status (article 371) category for Hyderabad-Karntak region. “We are asking the Centre to fully empower the state to execute programmes in employment, education and infrastructure,” primary and secondary education minister Visveshwara Hegde Kageri said. The Centre may place the Bill to amend Article 371 of the Constitution in the winter session of Parliament, beginning Nov 21.


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