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GPS at New Ministers Hill
Correspondent KOHIMA, FEB 21(NPN):
Published on 22 Feb. 2011 1:49 AM IST
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New Ministers Hill colony, the hub of VVIPs and VIPs, can finally boast of having a government primary school (GPS). The GPS on Monday was inaugurated by district education officer (DEO) Kohima, Zaveyi Nyekha.
For the time being, classes would be held at old Panchayat Hall till the building construction is completed.
The four storey building would also house the new Panchayat hall as well as a dispensary.
Nyekha while inaugurating the new school revealed old ministers hill was the first option for setting up the GPS but was relocated to new minister hill as their was problem in locating land and constituting ward education committee (WEC).
He revealed that though the new school would not receive any grant this year, the department had already earmarked `4 Lakh for construction of school building.
So far two teachers had been deputed and another four would be deputed soon.
He also announced that the school would start receiving `7000 for school maintenance, `5000 for stationeries and `500 each for all the teachers deputed in the school.
Emphasizing the gathering on Right to Education Act, he said elementary education was compulsory for every child from the age of 1 to 14 and cautioned the residents of the colony that if there was any complaint, be it domestic helpers or servants being deprived of their rights, they could be imprisoned as per the Act.
Harking back at Panchayat officials, he said it was their duty to send children to school, and also lauded them for donating the land for the school.
Speaking on behalf of DIS Kohima, SIS Kohima, who is also in-charge of mid-day meal, said the main objective of free mid day meal for students from class A to Class VIII was to encourage and attract more enrolment in the school.
Under mid-day meal, each student is provided 100 grams of meal per day per and the government also provides `1 per student per day to cover the cooking cost, while the VEC or WEC appoint cooks with annual honorarium.
Provision for kitchen is likely to be enhanced to `3 lakh and similarly, transportation cost for transporting the provision of mid-day meal, borne by the school previously, would be paid by the government.
He also enlightened the gathering that the school could write an application to the department if they wished to run the kitchen on their, instead of being run by an NGO.
Earlier, the New Minister Hill Panchayat Chairman Shurho Solo in his short speech thanked the school education department for sanctioning the colony with a government primary school and assured to extend all possible help to the department.
He also urged the department to continue extending help to the colony even in the days to come.
The programme was chaired by Lima Imsong, WEC Chairman.

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