SIKKIM NEWS: Arrest plea on fake papers

SIKKIM NEWS: Arrest plea on fake papers – wonder why the delay, deliberate or otherwise ?!!

FROM THE TELEGRAPH CORRESPONDENT

Gangtok, Dec. 6: The Sikkim National People’s Party has filed a police complaint demanding legal action against over 31,000 people who possess “fake” Sikkim Subject Certificates, the existence of which was admitted by the government earlier this year.

Biraj Adikhari, the SNPP president, said: “We filed a complaint at Sadar police station here on Saturday enclosing a pamphlet published by the state land revenue department which admitted that 31,180 cases of fraud were detected while issuing Sikkim Subject Certificates (equivalent to domicile documents) during a survey in 2005. Five years have gone but the people holding the fake papers have not been brought to justice or the false certificates revoked.”

EDUCATION: HRD free tuition for students – 30 schools to prepare children for Class X, XII examinations – making education in Sikkim rise to above average heights compared to all other states in India and setting the right example ?!!

FROM THE TELEGRAPH CORRESPONDENT

Gangtok, Dec. 6: The Sikkim human resource development (HRD) department has identified 30 government schools to conduct winter coaching for students appearing for the CBSE’s Class X and Class XII exams in March.

Chief minister Pawan Chamling has allocated Rs 50 lakh for the first-of-its-kind initiative in the state so that the students can prepare well for the exams.

“We have identified one government school each in 30 Assembly constituencies in the state to hold special camps for Class X and Class XII students for two months starting from December 15. The minimum duration of the camp will be 60 days and the students can attend classes free of cost,” said HRD director C.S. Rao.

Sikkim has 31 territorial constituencies, two of which are amalgamated into one to hold the special classes.

A total of 5,643 students in government schools are appearing for the CBSE Class X board exams along with around 1,000 children studying in various private institutions in Sikkim.

Similarly, the number of Class XII students in CBSE government schools is 3,289 and 700 in private institutions.

The educational institutions in the Himalayan state shut down for winter in the first week of December. They will reopen at February-end or at the beginning of March.

The winter coaching is meant for those studying in government schools only. There will be four teachers each for Class X and XII at every school to take winter classes for science, mathematics, social studies and English.

“We have asked school principals to identify the best teachers and prepare a team for the winter coaching. The joint directors of the department have been asked to organise the camps and make necessary arrangements,” said Rao.

Eleven senior secondary schools have been identified in East district followed by eight each in West and South districts and three in North. The Rs 50 lakh granted by the chief minister has been divided equally among the 31 Assembly constituencies.

Each school will receive Rs 1.67 lakh to organise the winter coaching.

“All students are requested to contact the respective principals of the 30 schools to attend the winter camps. We appeal to the children and their parents to make use of this opportunity provided by the state government. The coaching is free but the students have to make their own arrangements for their stay,” said Rao.

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