Karnataka receives Rs 950 cr for SSA

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Bangalore, Oct 14 (UNI) Karnataka has received Rs 950 crore from the Centre for implementing the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) scheme, a programme to improve the standard of education at primary level, Primary Education Minister Vishveswara Hegde Kageri said today.

Talking to newspersons here, Mr Kageri said the state government would utilise the amount for enhancing the educational standards among students and leveraging teaching skills.

The government had constituted a separate wing to improve the quality of primary level education in the state, he said.

The government had decided to withdraw the 'composite high school' status to institutions where high schools and higher primary schools are functioning in different locations, while the status would be retained for those functioning in a common campus.

Stating that a committee, to look into the complaint regarding salary anomaly among teachers in Composite Pre-University colleges, would be set up shortly, Mr Kageri said the issue would be set right after receiving the committee's recommendations.

To a question on serving notices to Christian educational institutions in the state, after they closed down the institutions in protest against Orissa violence, the minister said ''law will take its own course.'' UNI MV SB NS1646

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