Guidelines for setting up Tribal residential schools
- 100 Residential schools will be sanctioned during Ninth Five-Year Plan.
- The number of Residential schools for each state would be in proportion of tribal population of the State. However, minimum of two schools will be provided to each State, except in the case of Sikkim and Territories, where only one such school will be sanctioned.
- The construction, maintenance and management of these schools will be through a registered society tribe set up for this purpose.
- Since the Andhra Pradesh Residential Schools Society is being adopted as a model for this purpose, a copy of by-laws of this Society will be circulated among the States for adoption, with suitable modifications, as necessary.
- The Board or Directors of the Society will have representatives of the concerned Government departments, eminent educationists, and selected representative and community leaders from among the tribals.
- For management of such schools, Management committee may be constituted, which will exercise such powers as provided in the by laws of the Society.
- These schools will have sufficient number of Post Graduates, Graduate and other trained teachers to maintain the optimum teacher pupil ratio of 1:30.
- The Principal and teaching staff will have higher pay scales than that of the teachers in the Government schools so as to see, that the best talents would be attracted to these schools.
- The timetable of these schools will be so divider as to allocate. Sufficient time for various activities, such as, teaching, vocational training, sports, cultural activities and other extra-curricular activities, so as to unsure all round development of the children.
- Sufficient land would be given by the State Government for the school, playgrounds, hostels, residential quarters, etc., free of cost.
- The number of seats for boys and girls will be equal.
- In these schools, education will be entirely free.
- Every class will have 60 students and the total sanctioned strength of the school will be 420 students.
- Admission to these schools will be through selection cooperation with suitable provision or preference to children belonging to Primitive Tribal Groups, first generation students, etc.
- Based on the plan and estimate furnished by the Government of Andhra Pradesh, the non-recurring expenditure will be limited to Rs. 2.50 crores for each school.
- Towards recurring expenditure, such as staff salaries, mess charges, toiletries etc., the annual recurring grant will be limited to Rs. 30 lakhs, after the school reaches its full strength.
- Non-recurring grant for each school will be Rs. 10 lakhs for the first year that will be increased by Rs. 5 lakhs for every subsequent year till it reaches Rs. 30 lakhs.
- These schools will normally be located in scheduled or tribal area, keeping in view the availability of drinking water power, health facilities, communication and other minimum information facilities. However, in exceptional cases such schools may also be located outside the tribal areas with the prior approval of the Ministry of Welfare. These schools will have the facility for vocational training, and for practical training in agriculture. Animal husbandry and related areas.
- These schools will be fully residential and will have residential quarters for the teaching staff and also for some of the non-teaching staff, as considered necessary. The Society will be responsible for efficient management of finances, location of schools, selection of students and to formulate policies and programmes for management improvement, diversification and any other related matter with regard to the functioning of these schools.
- The Society will be eligible for accepting donations, contributions and grants for individuals, institutions, industrial and business houses and governments including foreign donors. A suitable provision will be made in the bylaws in this regard.
- To monitor the implementation of the scheme, a Standing Committee will be set-up under the Chairmanship of Secretary (Welfare), as Chairman, with representatives of Department Of Education, Planning Commission and Secretaries of 3-4 States as members. In addition, FA(W) and JS (TD) will also be the members of the Standing Committee. This Committee will meet once every quarter to review the progress and to vive such guidance to the States/Societies as may be considered necessary.