School teachers in Sikkim will enjoy one year of maternity leave, as against the earlier duration of six months. Male teachers will be able to avail one-month paternity leave.

The decision was announced by Chief Minister Prem Singh Golay on the occasion of Children’s Day. The CM attended the Saramsa Garden Children’s Day celebrations at Ranipool, where state awards were handed out to teachers and students for their excellence, service and achievements.

“The Hon’ble Chief Minister of our neighboring State of Sikkim Hon’ble @PSTamangGolay Ji has announced that all female teachers shall be entitled for 1 years maternity leave instead of 6 months. Many thanks & congratulations to HCM for this decision,” tweeted Neeraj Tamang Zimba, a BJP MLA from Darjeeling AC.

The Sikkim government has also decided to start computer education from Class 5 and would employ computer literacy instructors for the same, announced the CM at the ceremony.

Golay also flagged off 10 buses to be handed over to government colleges for convenience of students and shared images of the ceremony on Twitter on November 14.

From the upcoming financial year, the Sikkim Chief Minister also announced that vehicles will be provided to four principals, one from each of the existing districts.

According to sources, the Chief Minister also launched the online portals for the Sikkim Teachers Eligibility Test (STET) and the National Initiative for Proficiency in Reading with Understanding and Numeracy (NIPUN) Bharat, among others.

Also read: National Education Day: Sikkim unveils teachers’ regularisation policy

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