Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma speaking during the occasion in Guwahati on April 2 | CMO

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on April 2 said that the academic year of 97 newly-established model high schools in tea garden areas along with other 13 new model high schools in the state will begin from May 10.

Terming this as a landmark step, the CM said that it was for the first time that after 75 years of India’s independence, high-schools were being set up at tea garden areas.

The CM said this while addressing the principals and teachers of newly established Model High Schools in tea garden areas during an orientation programme at Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra in Guwahati.

Sarma said that the state government with a view to augmenting the academic environment in the tea garden areas took the step to setting up 119 model high schools, out of which 97 schools have been completed and academic sessions for the year 2022-23 in these schools will start from May 10.

He said that the remaining 22 model high schools in tea garden areas will be made functional from the next academic year. Moreover, the state government is going to set up another 81 model high schools in tea garden areas and the newly established model high-schools will be upgraded to higher secondary schools. Apart from mid-day meals, the government is planning to provide breakfast to students at these schools, the chief minister added.

Stating that presently two kinds of teachers are appointed in model high schools at tea garden areas, the CM stated that while one set of teachers is recruited specifically for these schools, another set of teachers is transferred and posted at these schools from already provincialized schools.

Sarma also said that as many TET teachers having postgraduate degrees are working at primary and ME schools, the government is planning to give them an opportunity to join the model high schools in tea garden areas if they are willing to dedicate their service to the betterment of education and welfare of tea garden population.

However, they will continue to get the salary of their previous post, he said adding that this will give them better exposure.

Stating that it was a unique opportunity for the teachers of the model high schools as they have got an opportunity to contribute meaningfully to uplifting the life of the tea garden population who have remained neglected for all these years, Sarma said: “You have got this opportunity to be a part of the history while it is being created as this initiative is not only unique but also unprecedented.”

The chief minister also urged the principals to dedicate themselves to transforming the Model High Schools into ideal educational institutions. He also asked the inspector of schools to make frequent visits to these schools to support and guide the teachers and the students.

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