400 Zero Enrolment Schools Shut In Arunachal Pradesh: CM Pema Khandu

Arunachal, Nov 18: The Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister, Pema Khandu, informed that the government is revamping the education system and under it, the government will close schools with zero enrolments.

Since independence, the number of government schools has increased from 3 to 3000, but the quality of education has not witnessed the desired rise, he said.

We have so far shut down about 400 zero enrolment schools across the state and decided to select one school in each of the 60 assembly constituencies to be developed as a model school with all facilities,” Khandu said while inaugurating the permanent campus of the Government College at Bomdila in West Kameng district.

The CM has called upon community-based organizations to visit their areas and recommend which schools need to be shut down and which schools in the area can be clubbed into one.

Let us club schools situated not too far from each other into one and focus on its development with proper infrastructure and sufficient teachers. Besides the 19 government colleges, which cater to more than 15,000 students, we have nine private colleges and two technical institutions,” he informed.

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Khandu said that at present 478 assistant professors are teaching in the 19 government colleges whereas about 400 more are needed besides, there was a shortage of about 110 staff in these colleges. He directed the education commissioner to personally process for recruitment of the said manpower by bringing it up on file in the cabinet meeting due to be held in December.

We will take up the matter in the next cabinet meeting and approve the recruitment of the required manpower through Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) and Arunachal Pradesh Staff Selection Board (APSSB),” Khandu assured.

To the demands for proper internal roads in the campus, enhancement of intake capacity of the boys and girls hostels, and introduction of science stream, he called upon the authorities concerned to process for the same and submit as soon as possible to the government for further action and approval.

Khandu acknowledged the request for college buses as the new campus is about 6-7 km away from the main town and caters to more than 700 students.