Transport/Escort facility in Remote Habitation

Transportation or Escort facilities is available for children in remote habitations with sparse populations or in urban areas where availability of land is a problem or children belonging to extremely deprived groups or children with special needs. Such children may be provided support for transportation or escort facilities. Grant for transportation was given to 3654 students from remote areas of the State to reach their schools. All students are benefited by transportation or escort facilities. The expenditure was Rs.98.80 lakhs in this year.

Uniform

The RTE Act mandates free and compulsory education for all children in Government schools. SSA provides two sets of uniform to all girls, SC, ST children and Below Poverty Line (BPL) children. All the students except APL Boys, who belong to Government Schools were provided with two sets of uniform which cost Rs.400/- per unit. It was a great help for children from poor financial background.This year also we proposed to give free uniform to all students in Government Schools except APL boys. In the previous year uniforms were distributed timely. The uniforms were purchased by the SMC and the settlements were made through the BRCs. SSA provides uniform to eligible students of Govt. schools from classes I to VIII. The scheme covers all students with the exemption of boys from Above Poverty Line families. During the year 2017-18 the State has supplied two sets of uniform @400/- for 755097 eligible students. The amount was supplied to concerned SMCs through Block Resource Centres. The procurement of material and its stitching are the responsibility of SMC. Distribution of free Uniform is greatly benefited especially by the weaker section of society and girl students. The total students includes 410007 Girls students, 59234 SC Boys students, 17939 ST Boys Students and 267917 BPL Boys. The expenditure was Rs.2779.51 lakhs in this year.

Free Supply of Text books

All children from standard II to VIII are eligible for getting free textbooks. Text books are of two volumes and prepared for two terms. First volume of textbooks were distributed during April 2017 and the second volume during October/November 2017. Students of standard I get the textbooks from the government directly as per the policy of Government of Kerala. In order to ensure the universal and retention, SSA provides free text book to children of classes 2 to 8 in both Govt. and Aided schools. The State has supplied free text book for 2255928 students from STD II to VIII. The cost of the books for Lower Primary was 150/- and for Upper Primary was 250/-. The number of students has been calculated as per the per the 6th working day strength, which had been verified with the U-DISE data 2017-18 also. Procedures pertaining to the text book meant for the coming academic year are initiated in the previous financial year itself. But the timely printing and distribution of such a huge number of text books is not an easy task. The expenditure was Rs.4679.79 lakhs in this year.