According to the (NAS) 2017-18 state reports by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) one-fourth of the total students in NE states find it difficult to travel to their schools. The reason according to the report is poor connectivity in the difficult terrain of the region. Also, another hindrance according to the report is geographically isolated locations of the villages from the school.
The recently prepared survey report revealed that in Arunachal Pradesh, 30% students across grades III, V and VIII find it difficult to travel to school, though 96% of them are willing to go to school.
In Meghalaya, 27% students of Class III,V and VIII finds it difficult to travel to school, though 97% children across the three grades expressed willingness to attend classes.
Similarly, reaching school remains a challenging task for a considerable number of schoolchildren in Assam as well. In this state as well, difficult roads have failed to deter the spirit of school kids, as the report said more than 90% students expressed desire to attend school.
Likewise in case of Tripura, Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland more than 90% students in the group of Class III to VIII are enthusiastic and expressed willingness about going to school. But 24% students in Tripura, 27% students in Manipur, 10% students in Mizoram and 27% students in Nagaland finds it difficult to reach school in this state due to difficulties in the route from their houses to schools.
Comparatively, for the hilly states in the region, the scenario is better in Mizoram as only 10% students cannot reach school. Moreover amongst the northeastern states Mizoram has the highest literacy rate.