The State government will distribute uniforms free to students of aided schools also from the next academic year, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said.

He was inaugurating the valedictory function of the third State meet of the Kerala Private School Teachers’ Union (KPSTU) here on Saturday.

According to him, the government had no differentiation between the children studying in government school and in aided schools, as they belonged to similar social background and did not pay any tuition fee.

The government had already started distribution of uniforms free to children at government schools on account of implementation of the Right to Education Act.

Though the Union Finance Ministry had not sanctioned the proposal to distribute uniforms free of cost to all aided school students, the government had decided to include the aided school students too in the scheme from the next academic year, he said.

Mr Chandy said the government would also give sanction for new batches at various schools this financial year itself as requested by the teachers.