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In a historic move aimed at augmenting the academic standards in Assam’s tea gardens, the state government has set the ball rolling for making secondary education accessible to students in tea gardens across the state.
As many as 119 model high schools will be constructed across tea gardens in the state by April 2021 and a sum of Rs 142.50 crore has been allotted from the State-Owned Priority Development (SOPD) fund of 2020-21 for the entire project.
A sum of Rs 1.20 crore would be spent on each model high school, which would be constructed by the state PWD.
The move is significant as till date, tea gardens in Assam only had lower primary, and upper primary schools set up on its premises.
“As an integral part of the greater Assamese society, the tea community has contributed immensely to the state’s socio-cultural development. The community, which has assimilated into the Assamese society, must be enabled to reap benefits of equal development,” chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal said, while the laying the foundation of the work to construct the schools, during a programme in Nazira, Sivasagar on Sunday.
Sonowal also ceremonially launched the construction of the model high schools at Mekipur and Bamunpukhuri tea gardens at Nazira as a part of the initiative.
The schools will have all amenities like modern classrooms, teacher’s restrooms, entrance gates, separate toilets for teachers and students.
Assuring that the state government would not confine the development initiatives of the tea community only to setting up of model high schools, Sonowal said that they would set up colleges later.