Streamlining the education sector
Agartala: The Tripura government has decided to merge 961 schools that don’t have adequate number of students with the nearest schools having adequate number of students with an aim to strengthen the school education system in the State. Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath said that his department has taken the decision after discussions wit the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC), who is running the schools in their areas.
A final programme in this regard is being prepared by the school education department and a round of discussion between the Education Minister and chief executive member of the TTAADC Radhacharan Debbarma has already been held.
The TTAADC currently has 121 junior basic schools with varying student strength between 1 and 10 while the State Government has 21 such schools. Besides, the State Government has 5 senior basic school with student strength of less than 10. This means the State and TTAADC has altogether 147 schools with less than ten students each. There are altogether 1,111 students and 450 teachers in these schools.
Another significant finding spawned by a survey conducted by the State Government is that the government runs altogether 145 junior basic schools and TTAADC runs 638 schools where the student strength varies between 11 and 25. Such senior basic schools are 31 under the State Government and 10 under TTAADC. There are altogether 814 schools with a student strength of 14,978 and teachers strength of 2,956.
According to the survey findings, there are 16 students each in these schools on average and two students in each school. The number of teachers in the schools is much more in ratio than is normally required.
Having studied the survey results, the Education Minister Nath along with CEM Radhacharan Debbarma decided to merge the student-scarce schools with larger schools having adequate student strength. The matter is likely to take a concrete shape in the next academic year.
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