Saturday, August 22, 2009

52 Sikkim govt schools 8 monastic schools given SSA Grants

MANGAN, August 21: A total of Rs. 13, 48,500 was distributed in the form of account payee cheques to the respective School Management Committees (SMC) of 52 Government Schools and eight Monastic Primary Schools of North District as various grants of the 10 complexes under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA).
The District Project Office, SSA of North District has started the distribution of Grants namely the CRC Grant, School Grant, Maintenance Grant and Teachers’ Grant under SSA for the financial year 2009-10 from August 19, 2009.
The district officials under the aegis of Joint Director/ Project Head, Ugen Lepcha visited 10 complexes on August 19 and 20 for the distribution of grants. Among the 10 complexes, three falls under Kabi, four under Mangan BAC and three under Passingdang BAC.
The main objective behind visiting the complexes for distribution of grants, officials said was to interact with the teachers and the School Managing Committee of the complexes and also to train them on the utilization of grants and maintenance of accounts under SSA.
During the visit, the officials also conducted an orientation programme at the CRC level where SMC members and teachers were invited. This initiative, undertaken by the DPO was taken up for the first time in the district. In the previous years, the grants were distributed at the DPO.
Guidelines on the roles and functions of the SMC and the utilization and maintenance of accounts were also distributed to them. A total of 213 SMC members and teachers attended the programme at different CRC/ complexes, it is informed.
In the interaction session, the Joint Director, Deputy Director and Deputy Secretary, HRDD, North laid specific importance on quality education. Teachers were requested to perform their duty regularly with utmost sincerity and dedication. At the same time, the SMC members were requested to cooperate with their school counterparts for the better upliftment of the school as a whole. Open discussions on improvement of education in government schools were also held during the orientation programme.
Distribution of grants to the remaining 32 government schools and 10 Monastic primary Schools of eight complexes which includes a financial involvement of Rs. 9,59,000 will be distributed after the completion of the second terminal examinations, said officials