21st Feb 2022 11:02:PM Editorials
Eastern Sentinel Arunachal News

Arunachal celebrated its 36th Statehood Day and 50 years of its renaming on Sunday. It is a momentous occasion for all and the preparations and events in the run-up to this day have been befitting. In these few decades, the state has marched ahead significantly but there still remains a lot to be done. Now that the revelry is over, it is hoped that the government gets down to doing what needs to be done.
The education sector remains a huge worry for the state. As evidenced in recent times, the quality of education instead of improving with each passing year has been dropping steadily. The fact that poor quality of education is mostly an ailment of the state-run schools also highlights a larger issue. Enrolment numbers are steadily declining in government schools and discerning parents understand that by sending their ward to government schools they might be hindering their future prospects. The fact that the education sector is one of the state’s biggest employment sources and also paychecks are far better as compared to private schools, the government must introspect and take necessary course corrections.
Chief Minister Pema Khandu’s observation that Arunachal Pradesh was accorded statehood in 1987 before it had actually matured enough and that the state could have benefited if it continued as a Union Territory for a few more years is on point. Many Arunachalees from across all spectrums share a similar thought. Referencing the quality of education, he said that during the Union Territory times, schools in the state were very few but the quality of education was very high but the scenario changed after Arunachal became a full-fledged state. So, the question our lawmakers need to ask is where have they gone wrong?
Focus today has largely shifted to infrastructure development and connectivity, however sans quality education; the basis of the state’s development is shaky. A sub-standard, half-baked education will reflect in an inefficient workforce which will largely hamper the overall development. To fill in white-collar jobs to power the state further will boil down to the quality of educated people.
The government must bring in administrative and political reforms. Closing down of zero enrolment schools and upgrading existing ones, merit based teacher recruitment, checking teacher absenteeism and equal rationalization are crucial to bring change and restore the lost glory of state-run schools.

Kenter Joya Riba

(Managing Editor)
      She is a graduate in Science with post graduation in Sociology from University of Pune. She has been in the media industry for nearly a decade. Before turning to print business, she has been associated with radio and television.
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