Unique venture of district administration to upgrade education standard in tea garden schools in Alipurduar

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BABUL SARKAR
Alipurduar
11 Sep 2018

The district administration launched a unique project christened as ‘Aloron’ with a view to preventing  school dropout rate and ensuring proper midday meal at 73 schools under 20 tea garden areas of Alipurduar.
Nikhil Nirmal, district magistrate declared the official launching of the project at Dooarskanya, the district administrative headquarter today.
A special monitoring team of 73 officers has been constituted that would keep close vigil on those schools.
“The members of the team would be designated as mentors. They would be visiting those schools twice a month at least and sumbit their observations in writing to the sub divisional officers and the additional district magistrates. Those reports would be finally submitted to the district magistrate,” Nirmal said.
“It has come to our notice that the dropout rate at the schools adjacent to tea gardens is alarmingly high. We received allegations and noted down the grievances of the concerned habitants of those locality during our official visits to those gardens. Taking all those into account, we formulated ‘Aloron,’ the new project,” the DM said.
The mentors jointly with the school authorities would ensure proper education, midday meal at those educational institutions.
“If necessary, the mentors along with the teachers would even visit the houses of the students who have been absent from school for a prolonged period,” Nirmal said.
It may be mentioned that out of 73 schools from primary to higher secondary including sishu siksha kendras and madhyamik siksha kendras, 40 institutions are located at Birpara-Madarihat block alone. Twenty two such schools are in Kalchini block while Alipurduar I block has six schools near tea-garden. Falakata and Kumargram blocks have three and two such schools respectively.