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GTA set to build new schools

Statesman News Service | Darjeeling |

The Hills of Darjeeling and Kalimpong will soon get a total of 56 primary and secondary schools that will be established in far-flung areas.

The tenders for the construction of the school buildings have already been issued. “Through the Sarva Sikhsa Mission, the Hills will see 20 new primary and 36 upper primary schools. The Education department has also issued tenders for this. It has allocated Rs 28 lakh for the construction of a primary school and Rs 58 lakh for an upper primary school. In total, Rs 26 crore and 4 lakh will be allocated for the 56 schools,” education member of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) Board, Amar Singh Rai, said here on Tuesday.

“There are many areas where students are facing grave problems when it comes to pursuing education, and the GTA has aimed to open schools in such areas, so that the children there can also be educated. After dialogues with the state government, it has been decided that 99 schools will be constructed in these far-flung areas, while we will begin with 56 of them in the first phase,” Mr Rai said in a statement. He added that the GTA is laying emphasis on education in the Hills. “We want the education glory of Darjeeling to return, for which we are working continuously,” he said.