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State govt to ramp up infrastructure in public schools
Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Nov 30 - The State government today said steps have been taken to improve infrastructure in public schools and recruit more teachers as part of the effort to give a major push in the education sector.

Education Minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya told the Legislative Assembly that the process of amalgamation of some primary and secondary schools to maintain a healthy teacher-student ratio and the transfer of teachers from ‘teacher surplus’ to ‘teacher deficit’ schools as part of the rationalisation process is also nearing completion.

Bhattacharya was replying to the discussion on the Cut Motion on Supplementary Demands for Grants of the Elementary and Secondary Education department.

He said a total of 13,032 regular teachers and 19,640 contractual teachers have been appointed at the elementary level since 2016.

The minister said another 5,295 primary schools will be provincialised from the supplementary grants.

He added that in the secondary and higher secondary level, the present government has so far appointed 462 principals, 554 headmasters, 1,150 graduate teachers and 464 post-graduate teachers.

He said the Education department has decided not to allow any mid-term transfers.

Bhattacharya said many TET teachers seek transfer to their home districts even after first agreeing to serve at any place where they are posted and termed such practice “unacceptable”.

With regard to delay in supply of school uniforms, the minister said it is on account of as many as six different court cases filed by different people and added that the government has changed the rules regarding the procurement of uniforms with a view to providing good quality material to students.

He said annual school grants for development of infrastructure have been provided under the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) model to 43,208 government primary schools.

“We are providing free textbooks in 19 languages and nine mediums to students of up to Class VIII. Over 2.09 crore free textbooks have been distributed among students of up to Class VIII,” said the minister.

He added that over 1.06 crore textbooks have been distributed among the students of Classes IX and X and nine lakh students have been covered in these two standards.

In addition, 3.65 students of Classes XI and XII have been provided free textbooks and 25.44 lakh textbooks have been provided to such students.

Bhattacharya added that the government will soon appoint TET-qualified Madrassa teachers.

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