ITANAGAR, Aug 11 - In a major move, the Arunachal Pradesh Government has decided to shut down all �zero-enrolment� primary and secondary schools in the State.
The State Cabinet, headed by Chief Minister Pema Khandu, on Friday decided to close down all such schools running without students by August 31, 2018, subject to verification. All teachers from such schools will be redeployed in schools functioning with deficit teachers.
The Cabinet also took serious note of the reported out-of-turn promotions in the Education Department and approved of immediate revocation of all such promotions. It observed that the decision would boost the morale of deserving in-service employees and streamline the system. Besides, the Cabinet decided to restructure the organisation through amendment of recruitment rules in the department at all levels.
The Cabinet also approved of creation of 400 posts exclusively for regularisation of SSA (ISSE) teachers subject to fulfilment of the criteria of merit-cum-seniority, rules and regulations, which would be finalised by the department. The resultant vacancies in the SSA (ISSE) will then stand abolished forthwith.
It may be noted here that the Government of India had integrated the erstwhile three schemes � SSA, RMSA and STE � as the Integrated Scheme for School Education (ISSE).
One district project coordinator under the ISSE in each district will be selected on merit through a strict selection process by a committee under the chairpersonship of the State Project Director. To maintain absolute transparency, the Cabinet has ordered the entire selection process to be videographed.
The Cabinet, in yet another significant decision, approved of the proposal of the District Reorganisation Bill, 2018, for creation of three new districts � Lepa Rada, Pakke-Kesang and Shi-Yomi � which is likely to be brought in, in the ensuing Assembly session for discussion and passage.