Lucknow: With the aim to spread education in the state, the Uttar Pradesh (UP) government is all set to forward a proposal to the Centre for the construction of 12,000 Primary and 1,100 Upper Primary school building.

In a meeting held recently, Secretary Basic education Anil Sant directed the officials associated with the ‘Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan’ to prepare a proposal and get it approved from the Project Approval Board.

The State government, under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan had sent a proposal to the Centre for approval of construction for 5,000 primary and 900 Upper Primary schools for the year 2011-12.

But, the Project Approval Board of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan had rejected the proposal saying that till the State government implements Free and Compulsory Education for Children Act 2009, no new schools will be constructed.

Under this Act, the state needs around 12,000 Primary and 1,100 Upper Primary schools.

The State government has approved the set of norms for the Act in July 26 meeting of the Cabinet, following which it is planning to re-send the proposal.

Sant has also asked the concerned officials to keep Scheduled Castes in mind while preparing the draft for the ambitious project.

JPN/Bureau