Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on Wednesday announced that state government would release Rs 1,000 crore for the renovation of old school buildings across the state.
“The state government has already released Rs 121 crore for the construction of foot over bridges at various places in the state. The construction of permanent foot over bridges will enable the students to attend classes during monsoon,’’ the chief minister said after inaugurating the Project BBMP Roshini here.
The Project BBMP Roshini is billed as the first of its kind not only in Karnataka but also in the world. The project is aimed at transforming the BBMP schools into world class education centres.
“When we came to power, our objective was to improve the standard of education at the BBMP schools. With the launch of the BBMP Roshini, our dream comes true,’’ the chief minister said.
The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has launched the project in association with Microsoft and Tech Avant-Garde.
“I am surprised to know that girl students are more than the boys at the BBMP schools. I thank their parents for sending them to the BBMP schools. I promise them on the quality of education in the BBMP schools on par with the private educational institutions,’’ the chief minister said.
Assuring the teachers working on contract basis at the BBMP schools to regularize their services, the chief minister said that he was aware of shortage of teachers working on regular basis at the BBMP schools. “I am ashamed to know that more number of teachers working on contract basis than those working on regular basis,’’ he said.
Coming down heavily on the so-called Kannada activists who are opposing the introduction of English as a subject from primary level, he challenged them to come out with details on their children’s education. “Let them publish an advertisement in the media about the medium of education their children are pursuing. I am not telling that English should be given importance at the cost of Kannada language. I want to protect and promote Kannada but also want our children to compete with students of private English medium schools,’’ he said.
He has also taken a dig at the BBMP staffs for inviting the wrath of judiciary. “I want the BBMP staffs to be proactive and responsible. There is no need for them to compel the judiciary to pass strictures for their negligence,’’ he opined.
Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Chief Minister Dr G Parameshwara said the project is being implemented at 156 BBMP schools in the city covering 800 sq.km. “The aim of the project is to empower the students from economically weaker families. I want them to come to the main stream of the society. I agree with the Chief Minister’s views on the BBMP employees,’’ he said.
Deputy CM also appealed the corporates to join hands with government in the development of lakes in and around the city.
Mayor R Sampath Raj, Commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad, MLA Uday Garudachar, MLC Sharavana, representatives from Microsoft and Tech Avant-Garde and students &teachers of BBMP schools and colleges were present at the event.