Chhattisgarh govt to reopen 260 schools shut for 15 years in Maoist-hit areas | Latest News India

Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghale will make the formal announcement of the reopening of schools on June 16 at the School Admission Festival.

Raipur: The Chhattisgarh government has decided to reopen at least 260 government schools in Dantewada, Sukma, Narayanapur and Bijapur districts, which were closed 15 years ago due to Maoist violence, a move that will support the resolve of central and state governments to fight Naxalism with education.

Chief Minister Bhupesh Bagheel will make a formal announcement of the reopening of schools during the ‘School Entrance Festival’ on June 16, the state government said in an official statement on Monday.

Nearly 400 government schools were closed 15 years ago due to the Naxal uprising in Bastar, a government statement said.

“These schools have been closed due to a non-Mao-related issue. We are now planning to reopen them as the government has been able to deal with the problem of Maoists in these areas. Teachers are assigned to these schools. The exact number of students can be determined only after the schools are reopened, but it is between 20 and 50 students in one school, ”said Alok Shukla, Chhattisgarh’s education secretary.

District officials have been ordered to ensure full access and attendance of children to primary and pre-primary classes, officials said.

Officials have been told to ensure teacher placement from the first day of the session.

During the 2005-2006 anti-Naxal movement Salwa Judum, several schools inside the Bastar division were closed, according to the supervisory authorities of the initiative.

In 2011, the Supreme Court of India called the ‘Judum’ (anti-Maoist civilian army) illegal and unconstitutional.

“After the Congress government came to power in 2018, it took the initiative and reopened the dilapidated school buildings after renovations and built new ones,” the official quoted above said.

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