Milkmen in Assam come to fund-starved school’s rescue | India News – Times of India

GUWAHATI: When a school in central Assam’s Morigaon district, which is yet to be taken over by the state government, found it difficult to continue its higher secondary classes, around 2,000 milkmen of a cooperative society in the district offered to help the school tide over the financial crisis.
Ranjib Sarma, chairman of the Sitajakhala Milk Cooperative Society, said the milkmen have decided to donate 15 paise from every litre of milk sold to Sitajakhala Higher Secondary School to run its higher secondary section (class 11 and 12) till it is ‘provincialised’ (taken over by the government). “The high school section (class 6 to 10) was provincialised in 1986. However, the higher secondary level is still operating in venture mode and facing acute financial issues. The school has not received any funds from the government to run the higher secondary level,” he added.
Sarma said most of the students are children of milkmen. “The situation of the school has compelled parents to take this step. This will help the school as well as secure the academic future of the students,” he added. The cooperative society has recently handed over a cheque for Rs 1 lakh to the school and has urged the state government to run vocational courses in agriculture.
Headmaster of the educational institute Uttam Deka appealed to the government to come forward and support it in its endeavour to impart quality education to children of the Gobha tribal belt in Morigaon. “We are thankful to Sitajakhala Milk Cooperative Society for helping us with the financial aid. This initiative will go a long way in sustaining the school,” he added.
Sarma said the society faced tremendous hardship during the pandemic.

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