Education sector needs a complete overhaul in Arunachal Pradesh


DIYUN, MAY 31: It's well recognized that school education plays a crucial role in economic and social development of a society. While India has clearly made some progress on school education, the situation of Diyun and the state of Arunachal Pradesh is alarming.

The recently declared CBSE result of 12 & 10 classes tells the miserable story of the issue. It is even more worrisome for Chakmas of Arunachal Pradesh because of the fact that unlike tribal communities, they are less privileged in terms of reservation, concession and government push. The government’s purposeful neglect of development of educational infrastructure only multiplies the woes.

In the CBSE Senior School Certificate Examination, Diyun and Innao Higher Secondary has pathetic 14 and 22 passing percentage respectively, whereas in CBSE Class 10 Examination, it is barely 16 percent including all the 11 Govt and Private schools.

The worst performer was Govt. Secondary School, Gautampur with none passed out of total 127 students and remarkably none of the private schools as well have cent percent results though they have fared quite well comparing with the government counterparts.

Speaking of the state, the state’s performance improved marginally from 39% to 44.33% which is something that Arunachal can’t be really proud of. Tawang, however has seen better performance with average pass percentage of 74% and has consecutively performed better than rest of Arunachal in the last two years.

The above figures are indicators of pathetic condition of education sector of the state. Everything else that one can look at also suggests that to improve education we will have to look at system-level issues and act on those, and not advocate for simplistic actions.

We need to drive basic cultural changes in the education system, moving away from a culture of centralised and mechanical decision-making to empowering schools and teachers. We must stay the course with our plans and directions for at least 20 years. Even a country as big as Finland took 40 years to get its school system where it is today, while working consistently in the same direction. Education change takes a long time, and we have to accept that.


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