Maintenance grants of aided schools revised

The Cabinet has decided to increase the maintenance grants of aided schools.

The annual grant for lower primary and upper primary schools will be increased to Rs.60 a student. This will be subject to a limit of Rs.30,000 a year in the case of primary schools and Rs.40,000 a year in the case of upper primary schools. The grant for high schools will go up to Rs.80 a student subject to a limit of Rs.60,000 a year.

Briefing media persons after a meeting of the Cabinet here on Wednesday, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said the present rates of grants were fixed 50 years ago. It had remained Rs.3.25 a student for lower and upper primary schools and Rs.5 a student for high schools. There had been demands from managements to raise the grant.

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