- Manipur has 4,500 government schools and more than 580 government-aided schools
- The strength of a large number of schools is below 80.
Imphal: The school education department of Manipur is planning to amalgamate “dying” government schools and train untrained teachers to revive the schools, the report said.
According to education minister Thokchom Radhehsyam, we are assessing the status of Assembly constituency-wise government and government-aided schools. We will merge some of the nearby schools to rationalize teachers’ postings and increase the number of students.
It may be mentioned that Manipur has 4,500 government schools and more than 580 government-aided schools. The number of students in these schools is dwindling fast. Several schools do not even have a single student. The migration of students from government schools to private ones has been increasing.
Meanwhile, according to the Annual Status of Education Survey, carried out by Pratham Education Foundation, an NGO, the percentage of enrolment in government schools in the state is below 24.
The strength of a large number of schools is below 80. Only a few government schools have a strength of more than 100. Moreover, a large number of schools do not have a single student. So the plan is to merge schools without students of a particular area to a better school in the same area, school education director Th. Kirankumar said.