Guwahati School Education: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday said that for the first time government secondary schools are being opened in tea gardens, out of which the academic session in 97 schools is about to start next month. Addressing the teachers and principals of these newly constructed schools in an orientation program, Sarma said that in order to enhance the educational environment in the tea gardens, the state government has decided to establish 119 model secondary schools in these areas. Out of these 119 schools, 97 have been completed and the academic session will start on May 10.

 The Chief Minister said that the rest of the schools would start functioning by the next academic year. These schools will be updated later to the higher secondary level. According to an official statement, Sarma claimed that for the first time after independence, secondary schools are being set up by the state government in tea garden areas. He said that the State Government is going to set up 81 Model Secondary Schools in the tea garden areas and these will be updated up to the Higher Secondary level.

 Sarma said that apart from the mid-day meal, the government is also planning to provide breakfast to the students in these schools. He said that teachers are being appointed in these schools in two categories – one specifically for these schools and the other, teachers who have already been transferred from provincial schools to these schools. Sarma said that the state government wants to develop it into a successful model for the rest of the country. He said that the government is working towards setting up a model school in each assembly segment.

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