Imphal: Manipur Education minister Th. Basanta Kumar on Thursday said Education is important for bringing crisis ridden Manipur to normalcy.
Educational TV channel called “Lairk” started functioning on Jio TV to provide e-learning content free of cost, said the minister assuring that alternative modes of teaching-learning have been introduced to help the displaced students living in relief camps.
Radio drama based on academic curriculum called “Radio Class” is being aired by AIR,Imphal. A mobile app called “Lairk ” is also available in play store that provides more than 1300 video e-contents, Basanta said.
He also mentioned that a proposal for supplementary financial support to the displaced students has been submitted to the ministry of Education.
The proposal contains provisions for tablets, white board, textbooks, notebooks, stationery items, supplementary books, sports items, first aid kits and uniforms.
He said the Education department has developed alternative modes of teaching-learning methods to facilitate the displaced students living in relief camps. A proposal to enable these students to have access to all the educational facilities has also been submitted to the ministry of Education.
The minister was talking to reporters, here, highlighting the remedial measures taken up by Manipur government for the displaced students in schools and colleges ever since the Manipur crisis erupted on May 3.
Basanta assured that the government is leaving no stone unturned to tackle all the issues related to admission and rehabilitation of the displaced students.
He said out of a total of 4617 schools in Manipur, 26 schools are yet to be re-opened as they are either being utilized as relief camps or for accommodation of CAPF or lying in sensitive area. Out of these 26 closed schools, 18 are from Churachandpur, three from Imphal East, another three from Jiribam and one each from Kangpokpi and Chandel districts. There is cent percent opening of schools in Imphal West.
Highlighting the activities undertaken by the government for the displaced students, Basanta said nodal officers and volunteers were appointed to ensure free admission of the displaced students and to distribute study materials, textbooks, stationery items and uniforms to them. Identity cards and certificates were also issued to all the students free of cost.
The government has also set up a control room that works in coordination with the nodal officers to look after the shortage of books and uniforms for such students. Almost 15,915 identity cards were issued to the displaced students registered at 347 relief camps till now, out of which 15641 students have been re-admitted to nearby feasible schools, he added.
He said 98.28 per cent of these 15,915 students were given admission free of cost and all facilities provided to overcome bottlenecks in their education.
CM’s College Students Rehabilitation Scheme 2023 have been launched to ensure free admission, one time rehabilitation grant and free smart phone to facilitate distant learning for the displaced college students. Meanwhile, a committee called “Committee for guiding on the path of development in Education” with Commissioner as the chairman has been formed to bring the students back to normalization, Basanta said.