Education – Current Affairs Arunachal Pradesh – Itanagar

The picturesque Arunachal Pradesh is one of the few states which is least affected by COVID-19. But they do have quite interesting news which covers problems and events that may be quite uncommon to the rest of India.

In a quite unheard-of phenomenon in India, The Government of Arunachal Pradesh has approved of closing down 311 schools across the state as there has been no enrolment of students in the schools. The schools were declared ‘defunct’ as there were zero enrolments based on the data collected by the Unified District Information on School Education Plus for the year 2018-2019.

To help students cover the losses caused by the COVID-19, the Arunachal Pradesh Government has decided to offer stipends and scholarships to students to the tune of Rs 53.26 crores.  This scheme is done under the Post Matric Scholarship and the Entire State Stipend initiative of the Government. A total of 38,594 students will benefit from this, which will ensure the future for their education even in the times of such a pandemic.

At the Higher and Technical Education conference held in the state, The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, Brigadier BD Mishra pitched in a few possible development ideas that could ensure the betterment of education in the state. Firstly, he said that there should be an appraisal system for the teachers as this will encourage a rise in the quality of teaching. Secondly, he stated that the parents and teachers must ingrain in students an ‘entrepreneurial’ zest by keeping ‘nation first’ in mind. At this conference, he also awarded awards and cash prizes to deserving students and teachers under various categories.

In Arunachal Pradesh, where the lockdown has been relaxed hopes to open schools soon enough and begin classes again.

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