Guwahati: In a review meeting of the Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) which included Elementary, Secondary and Teacher Education Departments, it was revealed that over 3 lakh “ghost children” have been done away from Assam’s government and provincialised schools. The meeting was held on Monday chaired by Sarbananda Sonowal.
The enrollment figure of all government and provincialised schools was shown as 46,69,970 from class I to XII in 2018-19 academic session which is lower than 49,82,180 of the 2016-17 session. An official statement said that more than 3 lakh 12 thousand were identified as ghost children that were registered during the previous state government regime. It also said that the previous Congress government had shown fake figures of ghost children in government schools for embezzlement of public money in the name of textbooks, mid-day meal, uniform etc.
63,406 of 86,094 out-of-school students, identified by the Education Department, were mainstreamed into the formal education system till December 2019 as revealed in the meeting. Sonowal described this as a “remarkable achievement” and said that a Chief Minister’s Special Teacher’s Award would be given to the best performing teachers in government schools for the overall development of academic activities of their schools, maintaining cleanliness and hygiene, inspiriting students to achieve their full potential etc.