Bhubaneswar: The State government today decided to introduce Spoken English for students of Class I in government schools. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik directed the School and Mass Education department to start spoken English classes from Class I at 101 government schools in 30 districts initially.
This apart, the Chief Minister announced a grant of Rs 25 lakh each to these schools for infrastructural development.
The government also decided to merge the schools having student strength less than 20 with nearby government schools. Escort and transport allowance will be provided to students of the schools that will be merged with government-run schools.
Besides, the State government has decided to merge block grant schools with nearby government schools. However, funds will be given to block grant schools located in five Fani-affected districts with sizeable number of students for development in absence of a government school in the same locality, an official said.
The move is expected to attract students and parents towards government schools, the official added.