Thursday, 18 August 2011

Jharkhand to open residential schools for ST girls

The schools, to be set up at 17 different places across the state, will provide free-of-cost schooling to all ST girls residing in the school premises

Emboldened by the Centre's promise to provide monitory support, the Jharkhand Government has decided to construct 17 primary residential schools for scheduled tribe (ST) girls.

The proposed schools will be located in 17 different districts, including Chatra, Gahrwa, Palamu, Giridih, Pakur, Sahebganj, Godda, Deoghar, Koderma, Bokaro, Dumka, Hazaribag, Gumla, West Sighbhum, Dhanbad, Ranchi and Lohardaga.

Confirming the move, State Welfare Department Deputy Secretary Vinod Shankar Singh said the department has initiated the process of opening the residential schools for ST girls.

"We have sought the expression of interest from various organisations including those of the non-government organisation to set up and maintain the proposed schools," Singh said.

The proposed schools are supposed to provide free-of-cost schooling and education to all ST girls residing in the school premises. Each school will have the capacity to enrol 100 students. "As per the existing plan, we have decided to equip the schools to teach the students upto class five, which could be upgraded to class eight level later," added Singh.

Under the proposed scheme to set up residential schools for ST girls, the Centre is supposed to provide 90 per cent of the total cost of education on girls enrolled in the proposed schools, while the State government would be requiring the rest amount at its own.

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