India, July 9 -- The Uttar Pradesh government has cleared procurement of child-friendly furniture for 26,599 of its upper primary schools spread across 70 districts of the state. This covers 58% of such schools -- the state has 45,625 government-run upper primary schools, which are for Class 6-8 students, in 75 districts.

The government has also sanctioned Rs.488 crore for the same, of which Rs.327 crore has been released, said state education department officials. The procurement has been duly approved by the project approval board of the Union education ministry too, they said.

"The government believes that the furniture would help improve classroom pedagogical practices, instil self-confidence among students and also generate pride i...