Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath argued that these schools would be equipped with state-of-the-art facilities to provide quality education. In addition to advising on the development of new and modern infrastructure, about 20 NGOs working in the field of education will be given the responsibility to enhance the teaching skills of teachers and students.
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According to a notification, all English-medium government-run schools, including those located at the sub-divisional headquarters, will be converted. Tripura’s famous and best schools like Shishu Bihar HS School, UK Academy English Medium, Henry Derozio Academy and Khudiram Basu English Medium School are on the list. Earlier, the state government had handed over 147 schools, including NGOs outside the state, to the private sector and handed over 20 ISKCON missions. The education minister said the department has decided to utilize the infrastructure of rural schools where the number of students is zero or less, to improve the quality of education.
Justifying the move, he said there are 4,200 schools in Tripura, of which 2,600 are run by the state government. The three government-run schools have no students; Three schools have only one student, one school has two students and the other two schools have only three students. Similarly, in ADC, four schools have no students, two schools have one student each and the other four schools have only two students.
“However, private educational institutions must be qualified to run at least two CBSE-affiliated schools with at least 1,500 students or, in the case of one school, the number of students must be at least 1,000 anywhere in the country. In the case of handsome discounts, ”said Nath.
The Investment Facilitation Committee headed by the Chief Secretary will examine the proposals of the companies and if the committee approves, the government will decide on the lease of the infrastructure or land after a three-tier screening.
The state government will bear the cost of providing books, uniforms and other study materials to the students in case the schools are handed over to the private sector. In case of admission, 25% of the seats in this national school will be reserved for economically backward students and the government will bear the cost of their education, he added.
However, the opposition CPI-M has criticized the state government’s move and complained that a new form of aristocracy in the name of quality education would be effective.
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