The Government of Andhra Pradesh has decided to raise funds from donors, both domestic and international, as it urgently needs more than Rs 6,300 crore to strengthen infrastructure in schools to implement the national policy of Education 2020. Additionally, with his plan to get all 44,500- plus state-affiliated public schools to the Central Board of Secondary Educationthe required physical infrastructure must be built.
There are 44,519 public schools in AP with 66,846 rooms at present. In accordance with the infrastructure standards for basic and basic plus schools and high schools, as well as the standards of the CBSE, the total need for rooms in these schools is 1,15,472.
“We need to construct an additional 48,626 rooms in these schools. An estimated Rs. 6,321.38 crore is needed for this. Therefore, we have decided to seek donations from various quarters,” a senior official told PTI . “A government decree on the donation methods will be published soon,” he added.
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The government also requires a school maintenance fund of Rs 450 crore per year, but the amount is deducted from beneficiaries of the Ammavodi tuition scheme at the rate of Rs 1,000 each. Under Ammavodi, the government paid Rs 15,000 a year to around 44.5 lakh mothers for sending their children to school. Since last year, the government has only credited Rs 14,000 each to the mothers’ accounts while keeping the balance for school maintenance.
Although this takes care of the maintenance part, no money is available from the state government for the development of new infrastructure, as banks are also reluctant to provide further loans, the officials point out. Hence the donation program, they said. “Donors can donate for a school or a group of schools or even components. Expenses will be posted in the public domain and the donor will receive a certificate,” said a senior official involved with the program.
“The government seeks to exploit foreign donors, especially multinational corporations and trusts run by businessmen and philanthropists, who have funded other programs in the country. We will receive foreign contributions through a separate account in under the Connect AP initiative. The money raised will be transferred to the schools’ respective parent committees and there will be a state-level management committee to oversee the program,” the official said. plans to launch the infrastructure construction program this year in order to complete it by 2024, he added.