For the first time, government secondary schools are being established in tea gardens, 97 of which will begin academic session next month, Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Saturday. In order to increase the academic environment in the tea gardens, the state government has decided to set up 119 model colleges in these areas, Sarma said while addressing the teachers and principals of these newly built schools during an orientation program.
Of these 119 schools, 97 have been completed and the academic session will begin on May 10, he said. The remaining schools will be operational by the next academic year, the prime minister said.
These schools will later be upgraded to upper secondary, he said. Sarma claimed that, according to an official statement, it was the first time since independence that secondary schools were established by the government in tea garden areas.
The state government will set up another 81 model secondary schools in tea garden areas and these will be upgraded to upper secondary education, he added. Aside from midday meals, the government also plans to provide breakfast to students in these schools, Sarma said.
He said that teachers in these schools are appointed in two categories: a group of teachers is recruited especially for these schools and another group consists of those who are transferred from already provincialized schools to these schools. The state government plans to develop this as a successful model for the rest of the country, Sarma said. The government is working to set up one model school in each constituency of the assembly, he said.
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