Jharkhand will soon open Centre-funded residential schools for boys from families affected by Maoist violence and migration, sons of single mothers and orphans. These institutions, on the lines of Kasturba Gandhi Girls Residential Schools, will enroll students this academic session itself for class 6 to 12, officials said on Tuesday.
“The central government has approved our proposal under the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan for special residential schools for boys in areas affected by Maoist menace and large-scale migration. The schools will admit boys to class 6 to 12. Funds will be sanctioned soon. The Centre will bear the cost of running these schools,” said Aradhan Patnaik, the state’s human resources secretary.
Each school will take in 100 students and the government will spend Rs 1,500 a month on each student. The students will be given textbooks, uniform, shoes, sweaters and things for daily use free.
To start with, the schools will be opened in East Singhbhum, Seraikela-Kharsawan, Gumla, Godda, Pakur, Chatra and Palamu districts. These are among 18 of the 24 districts in the state hit by extremism.
The state recorded 32 deaths in 102 Maoist-linked incidents till March 31 this year.
The project director in the education department has directed district superintendents of education to identify suitable buildings for the proposed schools. “The schools will be set up in existing buildings. No new construction will be made,” Patnaik said.
The special schools will boost the government’s efforts to provide education to the poorest children in the remotest districts of the country.
For his part, chief minister Raghubar Das has set a target of providing electricity to 30, 000 schools across the state by 2018. Village school committees have been asked to get the cabling done in their schools while the energy department was told to lay the transmission lines.
“I’ve asked them to accomplish the task in 10, 000 schools this year itself. I also want quality laboratories in all the high schools,” Das said on Saturday.