Samagra Shiksha - an overarching programme for the school education sector extending from pre-school to class 12 has been, therefore, prepared with the broader goal of improving school effectiveness measured in terms of equal opportunities for schooling and equitable learning outcomes. It subsumes the three schemes of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) and Teacher Education (TE).
This sector-wide development programme/scheme would also help harmonise the implementation mechanisms and transaction costs at all levels, particularly in using state, district and sub-districtlevel systems and resources, besides envisaging one comprehensive strategic plan for development of school education at the district level. The shift in the focus is from project objectives to improving systems level performance and schooling outcomes which will be the emphasis of the combined Scheme along-with incentivizing States towards improving quality of education.
The major interventions, across all levels of school education, proposed under the scheme are:
(i) Universal Access including Infrastructure Development and Retention;
(ii) Gender and Equity;
(iii) Inclusive Education;
(v) Financial support for Teacher Salary;
(vi) Digital Initiatives;
(vii) RTE Entitlements including uniforms, textbooks etc.;
(viii) Pre-school Education;
(ix) Vocational Education;
(x) Sports and Physical Education;
(xi) Strengthening of Teacher Education and Training;
(xii) Monitoring; (xiii) Programme Management;
(xiii) National Component. It is proposed that preference in the interventions would be given to Educationally Backward Blocks (EBBs), LWEs affected districts, Special Focus Districts (SFDs), Border areas and the Aspirational districts.