183 schools bag grants for performance

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, June 3:

The Department of Education (DoE) has provided grants to 183 community schools out of selected 250 for their performance in various categories under the intensive support programmes of the Community School Support Project (CSSP). The performance grants are supported by the World Bank. “Based on their performance, an amount of Rs 3.5 lakh (maximum) has already been released to each school,” said DoE deputy director Mahashram Sharma. “By providing such grants, we hope to empower the communities financially and make them feel the schools belong to them,” he said. According to CCSP status report released yesterday, the grants have been released to the schools on the basis of their performance with regard to student enrolment, retention and the pass rate. The CCSP budget for the fiscal year 2004/2005 is Rs 125,733,000. Out of this, Rs 8,750,000 is meant for performance grants, Rs 102,632,000 for incentive grants and 14,351,000 for other grants.

According to the status report, performance grant on basis of enrolment is Rs 500 per student, and Rs 500 for every percentage increase in the pass percentage.

By May, 2005, 1,951 government-funded schools were converted to community schools in 57 districts of the country. Ninety-one NGOs have been selected this year, as compared to 43 last year, to enrol students in their cachment areas. Out of 250 schools selected for the intensive support programmes under CCSP, 98 schools belong to the Eastern Region, 46 schools to Central Region, 77 to Western Region, 20 to mid-Western Region and nine to far-Western Region. The government aims to hand over 8,000 government-managed schools to the community by the end of the Tenth Plan.