The Telegraph
Friday , December 28 , 2012
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Rural English cradles

East Singhbhum education department, which plans to set up 11 English-medium schools under Adarsh Vidyalaya network in rural areas, has identified land in nine blocks for the buildings.

Five acres each have been identified in these blocks — Dumaria, Musabani, Ghatshila, Chakulia, Dalbhumgarh, Ghurabandha, Baharagora and Patamda. Around 4.5 acres have been earmarked in Potka. The department is yet to find plots in Jamshedpur block (Golmuri-cum-Jugsalai area) and Bodam.

Under the Centre’s Adarsh Vidyalaya scheme of Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan conceptualised in 2010-11, rural English-medium schools are supposed to groom village children to face the competitive world. The centrally sponsored scheme will be implemented by the state in 89 backward blocks across 24 districts.

In East Singhbhum, an Adarsh Vidyalaya started functioning in Dumaria block last year. Five more — in Ghatshila, Chakulia, Dalbhumgarh, Potka and Musabani blocks — started this year of which entrance tests were held in August. The district education office has already recruited teachers for the six schools.

“We have started preparing the building plan that we will send the state human resource development department. We will start construction of school buildings by early next fiscal,” said a district education official.

Each school has an estimated budget of Rs 3 crore for infrastructure. As of now, model schools will run from block headquarters. Entry point will be Class VI. They will be affiliated to Jharkhand Academic Council. Each class will have a seat limit of 40.