Financial Norms

Financial Norms

    The assistance under the programme of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan will be on a 85:15 sharing arrangement during the IX Plan, 75:25 sharing arrangement during the X Plan, and 50:50 sharing thereafter between the Central government and State governments. Commitments regarding sharing of costs would be taken from State governments in writing. 
    The State governments will have to maintain their level of investment in elementary education as in 1999-2000. The contribution as State share for SSA will be over and above this investment. 
      The Government of India would release funds to the State Governments/Union Territories only and installments (except first) would only be released after the previous installments of Central government and State share has been transferred to the State Implementation Society. 
The support for teacher salary appointed under the SSA programme could be shared between the Central Government and the State government in a ratio of 85:15 during the IX Plan, 75:25 during the X Plan and 50:50 thereafter 
All legal agreements regarding externally assisted projects will continue to apply unless specific modifications have been agreed to, in consultation with foreign funding agencies. 
         Existing schemes of elementary education of the Department (except National Bal Bhawan and NCTE) will converge after the IX Plan. The National Programme for Nutritional Support to Primary Education (Mid-Day-Meal) would remain a distinct intervention with food grains and specified transportation costs being met by the Centre and the cost of cooked meals being met by the State government. 
          District Education Plans would inter alia, clearly show the funds/resource available for various components under schemes like PMGY, JGSY, PMRY, Sunishchit Rozgar Yojana, Area fund of MPs/MLAs, State Plan, foreign funding (if any) and resources generated in the NGO sector. 
          All funds to be used for upgradation, maintenance, repair of schools and Teaching Learning Equipment and local management to be transferred to VECs/ School Management Committees/ Gram Panchayat/ or any other village/ school level arrangement for decentralisation adopted by that particular State/UT. The village/ school-based body may make a resolution regarding the best way of procurement 
         Other incentive schemes like distribution of scholarships and uniforms will continue to be funded under the State Plan. They will not be funded under the SSA programme. The major financial norms under SSA are:



1.    Teacher

o    One teacher for every 40 children in Primary and upper primary

o    At least two teachers in a Primary school

o    One teacher for every class in the upper primary

2.    School / Alternative schooling facility

o    Within one Kilometre of every habitation

o    Provision for opening of new schools as per State norms or for setting up EGS like schools in unserved habitations.

3.    Upper Primary schools/ Sector

o    As per requirement based on the number of children completing primary education, up to a ceiling of one upper primary school/section for every two primary schools

4.    Classrooms

o    A room for every teacher in Primary & upper Primary, with the provision that there would be two class rooms with verandah to every Primary school with at least two teachers.

o    A room for Head-Master in upper Primary school/section

5.    Free textbooks

o    To all girls/SC/ST children at primary & upper primary level within an upper ceiling of Rs. 150/- per child

o    State to continue to fund free textbooks being currently provided from the State Plans

6.    Civil works

o    Ceiling of 33% of SSA programme funds

o    For improvement of school facilities, BRC/CRC construction.

o    CRCs could also be used as an additional room.

o    No expenditure to be incurred on construction of office buildings

o    Districts to prepare infrastructure Plans

7.    Maintenance and repair of school buildings

o    Only through school management committees/VECs

o    Upto Rs. 5000 per year as per specific proposal by the school committee.

o    Must involve elements of community contribution

8.    Upgradation of EGS to regular school / setting up of new Primary school as per State norm

o    Provision for TLE @ Rs 10,000/- per school

o    TLE as per local context and need

o    Involvement of teachers and parents necessary in TLE selection and procurement

o    VEC/ school-village level appropriate body to decide on best mode of procurement

o    Requirement of successful running of EGS centre for two years before it is considered for     upgradation

o    Provision for teacher & classrooms.

9.    TLE for upper-primary

o    @ Rs 50,000 per school for uncovered schools

o    As per local specific requirement to be determined by the teachers/ school committee

o    School committee to decide on best mode of procurement, in consultation with teachers

o    School Committee may recommend district level procurement if there are advantages of scale

10.  Schools grant

o    Rs. 2000/- per year per primary/upper primary school for replacement of non functional school equipment

o    Transparency in utilisation

o    To be spent only by VEC/SMC

11.  Teacher grant

o    Rs 500 per teacher per year in primary and upper primary

o    Transparency in utilisation

12.  Teacher training

o    Provision of 20 days In-service course for all teachers each year, 60 days refresher course for untrained teachers already employed as teachers, and 30 days orientation for freshly trained recruits @ Rs. 70/- per day

o    Unit cost is indicative; would be lower in non residential training programmes

o    Includes all training cost

o    Assessment of capacities for effective training during appraisal will determine extent of coverage

o    Support for SCERT/DIET under existing Teacher Education Scheme

13.  State Institute of Educational Management and Training (SIEMAT)

o    One time assistance up to Rs. 3 crore

o    States have to agree to sustain

o    Selection criteria for faculty to be rigorous

14.  Training of community leaders

o    For a maximum of 8 persons in a village for 2 days in a year - preferably women

o    @ Rs. 30/- per day

15.  Provision for disabled children

o    Upto Rs. 1200/- per child for integration of disabled children, as per specific proposal, per year

o    District Plan for children with special needs will be formulated within the Rs. 1200 per child nor

o    Involvement of resource institutions to be encouraged

16.  Research, Evaluation, supervision and monitoring

o    Upto Rs. 1500 per school per year

o    Partnership with research and resource institutions, pool of resource teams with State specific focus

o    Priority to development of capacities for appraisal and supervision through resource/research institutions and on an effective EMIS

o    Provision for regular school mapping/micro planning for updating of household data

o    By creating pool of resource persons, providing travel grant and honorarium for monitoring, generation of community-based data, research studies, cost of assessment and appraisal terms & their field activities, classroom observation by resource persons

o    Funds to be spent at national, state, district, sub district, school level out of the overall per school allocation.

o    Rs. 100 per school per year to be spent at national level

o    Expenditure at State/district/BRC/CRC/ School level to be decided by State/UT, This would include expenditure on appraisal, supervision, MIS, classroom observation, etc. Support to SCERT over and above the provision under the Teacher Education scheme may also be provided.

o    Involvement of resource institutions willing to undertake state specific responsibilities

17.  Management Cost

o    Not to exceed 6% of the budget of a district plan

o    To include expenditure on office expenses, hiring of experts at various levels after assessment of existing manpower, POL, etc.;

o    Priority to experts in MIS, community planning processes, civil works, gender, etc. depending on capacity available in a particular district

o    Management costs should be used to develop effective teams at State/ District/Block/Cluster levels

o    Identification of personnel for BRC/CRC should be a priority in the pre-project phase itself so that a team is available for the intensive process based planning.


18.  Innovative activity for girls' education, early childhood care & education, interventions for children belonging to SC/ST community, computer education specially for upper primary level

o    Upto to Rs. 15 lakh for each innovative project and Rs. 50 lakh for a district per year will apply for SSA

o    ECCE and girls education interventions to have unit costs already approved under other existing schemes.

19.  Block Resource Centres/ Cluster Resource Centres

o    BRC/CRC to be located in school campus as far as possible

o    Rs. 6 lakh ceiling for BRC building construction wherever required

o    Rs. 2 lakh for CRC construction wherever required - should be used as an additional classroom in schools.

o    Total cost of non-school (BRC and CRC) construction in any district should not exceed 5% of the overall projected expenditure under the programme in any year.

o    Deployment of up to 20 teacher in a block with more than 100 schools; 10 teachers in smaller Blocks in BRCs/CRCs.

o    Provision of furniture, etc. @ Rs. 1 lakh for a BRC and Rs. 10,000 for a CRC

o    Contingency grant of Rs. 12,500 for a BRC and Rs. 2500 for a CRC, per year

o    Identification of BRC/CRC personnel after intensive selection process in the preparatory phase itself.

20.  Interventions for out of school children

o    As per norms already approved under Education Guarantee Scheme & Alternative and Innovative Education, providing for the following kind of interventions

o    Setting up Education Guarantee Centres in unserved habitations

o    Setting up other alternative schooling models

o    Bridge Courses, remedial courses, Back-to-School Camps with a focus on mainstreaming out of school children into regular schools.

21.  Preparatory activities for microplanning, household surveys, studies, community mobilization, school-based activities, office equipment, training and orientation at all levels, etc.

o    As per specific proposal of a district, duly recommended by the State. Urban areas, within a district or metropolitan cities may be treated as a separate unit for planning as required