At a time, when repeated monitoring through ‘Gunotsav’ is undertaken by the State’s education department, as many as 19 schools in Nalbari district in Assam were closed down by the education department due to lack of students. The acute shortage of students in the government sector elementary schools has adversely affected the academic scenario in Nalbari district. Moreover, 20 other schools in the district are running with less than six students on the rolls.
The schools which have been closed down by the education department include 13 schools in Pub Nalbari Education block, four in Barigog-Banbhag block and two in Paschim Nalbari Education block. Three middle English schools – Nareswari Balika ME, R Goswami Balika Vidyapith ME and Pitpara Pukhuri Balika Vidyapith under Pub Nalbari Education block have also been closed down.
The education department has reportedly shifted the teachers to nearby schools. Three primary schools – Simalia LP School, Sonkani Middle English School and Shaktipara LP School have been running with a single student. According to official sources, the number of students in 90 primary schools is less than ten. it was further informed that a total of 33 primary schools out of the 998 in the district are functioning with only one teacher.