The expanded scheme would cover 1999 schools across Tamilnadu and it would be implemented over five years at an estimated cost of Rs 127.94 crore, an official release here said.
Jayalalithaa allocated Rs 26.65 crore as first instalment for the scheme, it said, adding, 2341 schools had already been covered under the Information and Communication Technology-aided medium of instruction.
'Today's world is a computer world. Most important activities are computerised. This has made computer education inalienable. With this in mind, Jayalalithaa has ordered the rollout of computer education scheme in schools. This will be taken up on a BOOT (build-own-operate-transfer) basis,' said the release.
The latest announcement is in continuation with the Chief Minister's efforts to improve the quality of education in Tamilnadu.
Recently, she announced upgrading 100 State-run high schools into higher secondary schools, allotting over Rs 40 crore for the purpose.
Further, 900 post graduate teachers vacancies will be created in these upgraded schools besides 100 headmaster posts.
This would mean an expenditure of Rs 40.26 crore annually. At the same time, the twin objectives of rural students getting access to education besides employment generation will be met, a release said.
Also, she has ordered upgradation of three Government Kallar Primary Schools as Middle Schools, and three Government Kallar Middle Schools as High Schools and three Government Kallar High Schools as Higher Secondary Schools.
Due to the upgradation of these schools, 24 graduate teachers posts, 27 post graduate teachers posts, 3 junior assistants posts and 3 lab assistant posts will be created. The government will spend Rs 1.39 crore for this annually.
In addition, Jayalalithaa inaugurated seven student hostels constructed on behalf of the Department of Backward, Most Backward and Minorities Welfare at various districts including Karur, Tiruvallur and Madurai.