GUWAHATI: For the first time in 75 years, with a focus on the Tea community, the Assam government opened Adarsha Vidyalayas for children of the tea gardens.
Notably, Assam Chief Minister inaugurated two such schools in Tezpur-Ghagra and Rupajuli TEs in Sonitpur.
Inaugurating two such schools in Tezpur's Ghagra and Rupajuli tea estates, Sarma said, "For the first time in 75 years, with focus on the Tea community, we are setting up Adarsha Vidyalayas for their children. I am sure these schools will give a huge boost to education and ensure holistic development of the tea community."
Sarma added that phase-wise, these schools would be upgraded to higher secondary schools where children from tea garden areas would be able to study free of cost.
"I am delighted to inaugurate the Sonajuli Tea Estate Adarsh Higher Secondary School today, marking the beginning of the golden era of education in tea estates by building an Adarsh School for the first time in Assam," CM added.
The 96 newly inaugurated model schools in the tea plantation areas will be named after pioneers associated with tea plantation land. Every model school currently up to higher secondary class will be upgraded to higher secondary class from next year. Each of these model schools has eight teachers and about 15,000 students enrolled.
Meanwhile, Tezpur-Ghagra Tea Estate Adarsh School will be renamed as 'Shaheed Mangri Orang Adarsh Vidyalaya', Rupajuli Tea Estate Adarsh School as 'Loknayak Ami Kumar Das Adarsh Vidyalaya' and Sonajuli Tea Estate Adarsh Higher Secondary School as 'Shaheed Hemlal Kalandi Adarsh Higher Secondary School'.