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Rajasthan govt. introduces optional board exam for Class VIII

Right to Education


Times of India

BHARATPUR: The Vasundhara Raje government on Tuesday announced the formation of an education board for Class VIII, also introducing the option of exams for Class VIII students in government schools. The constitution of the board was one among the several other decisions taken by the government during a marathon seven-hour cabinet meeting in Bharatpur.

Talking about the board for Class VIII, minister Rajendra Rathore said following the implementation of RTE (Right to Education), no exams are being held for students up to Class VIII.”However, this has brought down the standard of education. We have proposed to hold optional exams. The decision would be taken by students or their parents,” Rathore added.

The proposals cleared by the cabinet include re-appointment of retired specialised doctors on a pay minus pension plan and running of primary health centres (PHC) on a PPP mode.

“In order to address the acute shortage of specialists across the state, retired government doctors would be re-appointed. The government has also decided to run PHCs on a public-private partnership mode on the lines of Gujarat,” said Rathore.

The state government for the over-all development of villages with a population of less than 5,000, has launched SHREE (sanitation, health, rural connectivity, education and electricity) project. “It will be a pilot project in Bharatpur division and would be extended to other divisions later,” he said. Rathore also announced the formation of the cow breeding department, which was a promise made in the manifesto by the BJP.

Tuesday was the last day of Team Raje’s “government at your door-step” campaign in Bharatpur division. During the past 11 days of the campaign, ministers, including Raje, travelled in four districts — Bharatpur, Dholpur, Karauli and Sawai Madhopur –holding public meetings and conducting inspections to resolve the grivenances of the local people.

The campaign ended with the government making a number of announcements for the four districts. The ministers on Tuesday cleared the proposal for a medical college in Bharatpur, which would be set up at an expense of Rs 189 crore. Several restoration and beautification projects for water bodies, including Sujan Ganga canal and other heritage structures have also been announced.

The government also announced the construction of a ring road around Sawai Madhopur, apart from other road connectivity projects along with drinking water project for the area. Rathore said provisions would be made for the implementation of all decisions in the forthcoming state budget. “Finances would be arranged accordingly and all decisions would be executed,” he said. The principal secretaries would visit the districts within a week to prepare an action taken report while cabinet ministers would visit after a month to monitor the work done.

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