Odisha govt to develop 101 schools as centre of excellence

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BHUBANESWAR: Chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday announced to develop 101 government schools in 30 districts of the state as centre of excellence. These schools will have special infrastructure for soft skill training of students where spoken English will be introduced from class I.

Each of these schools will get financial assistance of Rs 2 lakh for developing soft-skills infrastructure in the schools, official sources said. Apart from introducing spoken English in schools, Aadhar seeding of students in these schools will be ensured. Teachers will be positioned as per the requirement in all schools from primary to secondary level, a release from chief minister’s office said.

“The state government has been giving emphasis on ensuring quality education in government schools and has been taking several initiatives for better management, involvement of parents in school management and development of personalities of students,” the release added.

The CM said, non-government primary, upper primary and high schools having less than 20 students will be merged with nearby government school situated within the radius of one, two and three kilometres respectively so that there will be no shortage of teachers in these schools.

The government will provide escort allowances to students who will be shifted to other schools under the Right to Education Act. Apart from escort allowances students can be given transfer allowance up to Rs 5000 per child.

The state government has also decided to formulate a policy to merge all block grant, aided and newly-aided schools with the nearby government schools and to close the non-performing block-grant schools and to depute block grant and government teachers on the basis of requirement.

Block grant schools, which were affected in cyclone Fani and have fewer students will also be merged with nearby government school, official sources said.

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