GUWAHATI: In an ambitious move to overhaul infrastructure of Government schools in Assam, the state Government has announced plans to improve facilities in 1,000 such institutions and make them ‘newage’ schools.
Chief minister HimantaBiswaSarma informed about the decision on October 30 after inspecting facilities in five schools in Guwahati, including one where he studied at for a few years.
“Government schools in Assam started as small buildings with additional classrooms added in separate blocks over years, which took up open spaces. Our objective would be to put all classrooms in one building and keep the rest of the area for playgrounds and other activities,” Sarma said.
Sarma was a student at Kamrup Academy, which was set up in 1930. After inspecting his alma mater, the CM said the school building will be reconstructed and have a new auditorium soon.
“We want to transform our Government schools into new-age institutions. For those schools which are over 100 years old and want to preserve the buildings, we will help them,” he said.
Sarma said that in the next few years, the state Government will reconstruct buildings and set up playgrounds in 1,000 schools at a budget of Rs5,000 crore. Ten such schools will be in Guwahati.