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Arunachal Cabinet to close down all zero-enrollment schools

Arunachal Cabinet
Arunachal Cabinet

The Arunachal State Cabinet, led by Chief Minister Pema Khandu, had an all-inclusive discussion on the education scenario of the state with the concerned departments on Friday. The Arunachal  Cabinet took some crucial and historic decisions after discussing on every single aspect of education in the state for about three hours (10.30 am to 1.30 pm).

The first significant decision the Arunachal Cabinet took is closure of all zero-enrolment primary and secondary schools in the state. The Cabinet decided to close down all such schools with zero enrolments by 31st August 2018 subject to verification and all teachers from these schools will be redeployed in functioning schools which are suffering from teacher deficit.

The Arunachal Cabinet took stern note of reported out-of-turn promotions in the education department and nodded immediate revocation of all such promotions. According to the Cabinet, this decision would improve the morale of deserving in-service employees and streamline the system. Apart from this, the Cabinet decided to restructure the organization via amendment of recruitment rules in the department at all levels.

Moreover, the Cabinet has consented to the creation of 400 posts exclusively for regularization of SSA (ISSE) teachers undergo fulfillment of the criteria as would be finalized by the department on merit cum seniority, rules, and regulations. The resultant vacancies in SSA (ISSE) shall then be scrapped immediately and will not be filled up. This being said the Govt of India had integrated the erstwhile three schemes – SSA, RMSA, and STE – into one platform as Integrated Scheme for School Education (ISSE).

A Committee under the chairpersonship of the State Project Director will select one District Project Coordinator under ISSE in each district through a strict selection process. The Arunachal  Cabinet has ordered the entire selection process to be video-graphed in order to sustain absolute transparency. In the meantime, the Cabinet in a major has approved the proposal of District Re-organisation Bill, 2018 for the creation of three new districts – Lepa Rada, Pakke-Kesang, and Shi-Yomi, which would be now adopted in the State Legislative Assembly for discussion and decision.