New Delhi: Worried over falling standards of education in Uttar Pradesh, the Union Ministry of Human Resource and Development has decided to allocate Rs 537 crores for upgrading senior secondary schools in the state.

Under the National Secondary Education Campaign, the funds will be used to introduce 449 new schools in the state along with the renovation of existing schools. It will also be used in the remuneration of teachers working in those secondary schools which were opened in the last two years.

Interestingly, the move has been taken as a part of the Congress strategy ahead of Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2012. However, the officials claim it is a normal process by the Centre in giving assistance to the state.

Nearly Rs 260 crores will be spent on setting infrastructure for 449 new secondary schools and Rs 64 crores for providing basic facilities like supply of potable water, library and construction of lavatory in the existing schools.

Meanwhile, Rs 5 crores will be used to impart training to principals and teachers. It also includes 600 principals under Leadership Training Programme.