New Delhi January 10: It may sound ridiculous but it is true. A news report this week surfaced that over 311 schools are lying non-operational in Arunachal Pradesh because of zero enrolment. And another news report was equally shocking that over three lakh ‘ghost children’ are there in government schools in Assam who were registered during the last Congress government in the state.
Zero enrolment of students
Arunachal Pradesh Education Minister Taba Tedir told the state Assembly on Thursday that over 311 schools are not working in the state due to zero enrolment of students.
In a letter to senior Congress member Nabam Tuki, the education minister mentioned that most of these schools which are not in operation are located in remote areas of the state. Lack of infrastructure and mass migration of locals to urban areas are the prime reasons of why there are no enrollments of students in these schools.
As per updates from the Unified District Information on School Education, there are 1300 primary schools, over 300 middle-level schools, 68 higher-secondary schools and 103 high schools in the state.
The minister in the letter also mentioned that the state government had been providing stipend to students of primary and upper- primary schools, as per its policy.
Defunct schools to shut down
The development comes as the minister had last year stated such defunct schools would be shut down and focus will be given on strengthening the facilities in the schools that were currently in operation.
Three lakh ‘ghost children’
In a shocking revelation, over three lakh ‘ghost children’ had registered in government schools in Assam during the last Congress government for embezzling public money.
A state government release stated that the number of enrolled school students was 46,69,970 from class I to XII in the 2018-19 academic session, which is lower than 49,82,180 of 2016-17 session in government and provincialised schools.
Embezzling public money
The last Congress government in the state had showed these fake figures in government schools to embezzle public money sanctioned for text books, midday meals and uniforms of the non-existent students.
During a review meeting, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal was informed that more than 3,12,000 pupil were identified as ‘ghost children’.