Last Updated on July 6, 2023 by SPN Editor
Imphal/July 6, 2023 (SPN) | After a two-month closure, schools in Manipur have reopened for Classes 1 to 8 on Wednesday.
The reopening comes after an extended summer vacation, which was announced by the State government due to the prevailing law and order situation.
Out of the total 4,617 schools in the state, 96 remained closed as they were occupied for relief measures and other purposes.
The government statement highlighted that the highest attendance was observed among displaced students residing in relief camps. These students, who were affected by recent ethnic clashes, were allowed free admission in the nearest schools.
In an effort to ease the transition for violence-affected students opting for a change of school, the requirement of prior permission for Classes 9 to 12 has been relaxed. Additionally, no fees would be charged for updating the registration in such cases.
To support the displaced children residing in both hill and valley districts, the Department of Education and Samagra Shiksha, Manipur, distributed textbooks, stationery, and uniforms.
So far, 27,629 textbooks, 20,375 notebooks, 4,955 pencils, 3,483 sharpeners and erasers, and 5,171 pens have been distributed at relief camps.
Furthermore, 1,536 sports items including footballs, carom board sets, chess sets, and ludo sets have been provided to the relief camps.
The reopening of schools marks a significant step towards restoring normalcy after the start of Manipur violence on May 3 and ensuring that education is not disrupted for the students of Manipur.
The State government’s efforts to accommodate and support the displaced students reflect a commitment to their welfare and academic progress. With the resumption of classes, both teachers and students are hopeful for a productive and enriching learning environment.
As the schools reopen, the focus will not only be on academic learning but also on providing emotional support and a sense of stability to the affected students. It is essential to create a safe and inclusive space where students can heal from the traumatic experiences they have endured.
The State government, along with educational authorities, will continue to monitor the situation closely and take necessary measures to ensure the smooth functioning of schools.
By prioritizing the well-being and educational needs of the students, Manipur aims to rebuild and strengthen its education system, fostering a brighter future for its youth.