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Gujarat: 286 schools shut, shortfall of over 9000 classrooms

Gujarat: 286 schools shut, shortfall of over 9000 classrooms

March 16, 2021

The Gujarat government on Monday, March 15, informed the Assembly that there was a shortfall of over 9,405 classrooms in various government-run primary schools as of December 2020. While responding to questions raised by Congress MLAs during Question Hour, Gujarat Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama said that these classrooms will be built at the earliest.

Of the 33 districts in Gujarat, tribal-dominated Dahod tops the list with a shortfall of 1,087 classrooms, followed by Banaskantha with 662, Anand 596, Bhavnagar 506 and Bharuch with 496.

Responding to a related question, Chudasama said 286 state-run primary schools were shut in the last two years, and students had been given admission in nearby schools.

Giving details about the mid-day meal scheme, the minister said the state government spends Rs 4.97 on each student from Class I to V and Rs 7.45 on those from Class VI to VIII.

He added that the government had increased the per head allocation by Rs 0.49 for students of class I to V and Rs 0.74 for those from Class VI to VII through a notification issued in May last year.

Source: PTI

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