Odisha to set up 100 model schools next yearOn October 5, the Odisha government said that 100 model schools will start functioning from the next academic session (2016-17) in the state.

The School and Mass Education Minister, Debi Prasad Mishra said that, “While the state government has set a target to open model schools in each block, 100 such schools will begin functioning from next academic session in the first phase.”

The decision was taken in a meeting in Bhubaneshwar today, it was chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. Mishra said that a total of 1,772 employees, including 1,332 teachers, would be appointed in these model schools. The appointment process of 1,332 teachers and 440 staffers in the 100 such schools would be completed by March next year.

The model schools, meant to impart education from Class one to Class 12, will be carved out at par with the central government-run Kendriya Vidyalaya (KV), the Chief Minister’s Office said in a statement.

It added that vocational courses would also be a major part of the curriculum. Patnaik directed officials to expedite the construction of buildings and other infrastructural works to ensure that education is imparted in the model schools from the 2016-17 academic session.

The model schools, to be managed by autonomous bodies, will also have residential facilities for students.