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Government of India
Ministry of Human Resource Development
07-December-2011 16:59 IST
Schools for Implementation of RTE Act, 2009
As per Evaluation Report on Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) brought out by the Planning Commission in June, 2010, more than 98% of the sampled rural habitations have access to elementary schools within 3 Kms. The Right of Children to Free & Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009, which became operative w.e.f. 1st April, 2010, mandates appropriate Governments, as defined under the Act, to establish within such area or limits of neighbourhood, as may be prescribed, a school where it is not so established, within a period of three years from the commencement of the Act. For this purpose, States are required to specify the neighbourhood norm in the State Rules under RTE Act. Since the commencement of the RTE Act, 38,754 primary schools, 11,918 upper primary schools and 4,98 lakh additional classrooms have been sanctioned under SSA.

This information was given by Dr. D. Purandeswari, Minister of State for Human Resource in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.