Bokaro district education officer Rajiv Lochan at his office on Tuesday. Picture by Pankaj Singh
Education is the best weapon to fight evils of society and prevent unsuspecting youths or children from straying away from the mainstream.
The Bokaro administration is therefore concentrating on spreading the light of literacy in remote and Naxalite-affected pockets of the district through premier government model schools, bridging the gap between urban English-medium institutes and rural state-run cradles.
According to the district education department’s plan, eight schools, equipped with all modern facilities, will be constructed in as many blocks in Bokaro within a year. And out of the eight, six will come up in Maoist-hit areas. A total of Rs 25 crore has been sanctioned for the schools, which are expected to be functional from the 2015-2016 academic year.
Also, with the help of the district administration, the education department has acquired 5 acres for each school.
The areas where plots have been acquired are Kusumkyari (Chadankyari), Kala Patthar (Chas), Khutri (Jaridih), Jharmunga (Kasmar), Mayapur (Petrawar), Hosir (Gomia), Dhori (Bermo) and Charu (Nawadih), with the last six being in rebel-affected zones.
Speaking to The Telegraph, district education officer Rajiv Lochan said the project was aimed at bring in a change in rural education, often considered inferior when compared with best schools in urban areas.
He added that the proposed schools would have modern classrooms, libraries, science laboratories, latest computers with Internet connection, indoor and outdoor sports facilities and auditoriums.
“Education is a basic right and rural children or those living in Maoist areas should also have an access to quality education. The model schools will provide education at par with best urban schools, besides grooming rural children through various extracurricular activities,” said Lochan, who is currently busy collecting course of studies from different schools in and outside Bokaro.
Also, students, especially those belonging to unprivileged families who cannot afford best education, will be given preferences. They will receive English-medium education from a very early stage.
Keeping in mind the perennial crisis of good teachers, the education department is planning to rope in specialised teachers on a contract basis.
“They will be paid Rs 300 for each class and will have to take at least four classes a day. After a few years, good teachers will be offered permanent jobs,” said Lochan.
Also, teachers will get all other facilities that private schools in urban areas provide.
Sources claimed the district administration had approached the state building construction department for construction of the schools. The forest clearances for the project are in the final stage and construction will start within two months or so.