India Schools: 95% of Indian villages have schools within a radius of 5 km, according to the government in Lok Sabha

More than 95 percent of the country’s villages have secondary schools within a five kilometer radius, Union State Minister for Education Annapurna Devi said on Monday. She also informed Lok Sabha that more than 90% of the villages have upper secondary schools within a radius of seven kilometers.

The minister affirmed that the government is committed to providing quality education by improving the level of education and school infrastructure in the country, including in rural areas.

“According to the Geographic Information System (GIS) based mapping conducted in 2021-22 on public, government-subsidized and private schools, 95.48% of villages were covered by secondary schools within a radius of five kilometers and 90.55% of the villages were covered by upper secondary schools within a radius of seven kilometers,” she said.

The Minister said that a number of initiatives have been taken by the central government to improve the standard of school education, including the “Samagra Shiksha” program which has been aligned with the recommendations of the national education policy. (NEP) 2020.

The “Samagra Shiksha” is a centrally sponsored integrated program that runs from kindergarten to grade 12 and aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education at all levels of school education.

It focuses on improving the quality of education by supporting different interventions such as in-service training for teachers and school leaders, conducting outcome surveys, a composite school grant to each school to provide a conducive learning environment, grants for the library, sports and physical education. activities, etc., she said.

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