Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, on November 17, in a review meeting with the Elementary and Secondary Education Department, made the decision to merge all LP and nearby ME schools, SEBA & AHSEC, Elementary and Secondary Education Departments, among others.
Further, a decision has also been made to convert all high schools into HS schools.
Himanta Biswa Sarma’s Tweet
Siksha Khetra Scheme
Earlier, the Assam government planned to execute the ‘Siksha Khetra Scheme‘, which would merge and consolidate schools at all levels, including government-run LP (Lower Primary), ME (Middle English), High Schools, and Senior Secondary Schools. On August 3, the Principal Secretary of the Secondary Education, Assam, B. Kalyan Chakravarty, issued an office memorandum in this regard.
Incorporation of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan under Samagra Shiksha Scheme
The SSA (Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan) — now incorporated under the SSS (Samagra Shiksha Scheme) — and other State initiatives were responsible for the establishment of primary schools in every habitation throughout the country. The move has also aided in ensuring that all students have near-universal access to elementary schools, as well as the growth of several small schools.
Because of their small size, these community-based educational institutions are both monetarily and operationally challenging to run. This is especially true in terms of teacher deployment and the allocation and use of important physical resources. Furthermore, teachers frequently teach multiple grades at once and cater to a variety of subjects, including those in which they may have no prior experience.