Tripura to hand over non performing schools to private sector, to improve quality education

Agartala: The state cabinet on Tuesday decided to hand over more government schools to the private sector due to low presence of students and those schools, said cabinet spokesperson and Information and Cultural Affairs (ICA) Minister Sushanta Chowdhury here today.


The organisations would be given the responsibility of maintaining the quality of education in which less students are present, he added.     

Speaking to the reporters at the Secretariat, Chowdhury said that the state government shall review the status of all such schools twice every year and thereafter  the private organisations would be called for taking over the schools.

“There shall be certain rules and regulations framed that have to be achieved by the private organisations, for example-- they shall take over at least two such schools in the state and all the maintenance and salary of staff would be paid by the organisation themselves,” Chowdhury added.


He also said that a policy to regulate and encourage private participation in the school education sector in Tripura has been adopted by the state cabinet in today's meeting after discussion.

“The decision was taken as it was noticed that the parents are more interested to send their childrens to CBSE affiliated schools and therefore with the decision the private organisations would provide the quality education across all such schools and encourage them to get admission,” Chowdhury explained.

Earlier in June, 2019 the state government had handed over 20 govt schools to the Indian Tribal Care Trust, among them 7 schools are in West district, 1 in Gomati district, 2 in Khowai district, 3 in Sepahijala district and 7 schools in South Tripura district.


Meanwhile, in today's cabinet the decision was also taken to convert 100 government schools across 8 districts to be turned as ‘centre of excellence’ with Vidya Jyoti under mission 100.

“The decision was taken to encourage more students to take admission in those schools and get education at par with the national level,” Chowdhury said.

Tripura currently has 4,398 government and government aided schools apart from 335 private schools. Nearly 5 lakh students study in these schools across the state.