BREAKING | Assam Budget: Smart Phones For Class IX-X Students Soon
GUWAHATI: All students studying in class IX and X in government schools in the state will be provided with smart phones.
The announcement came on Friday during the budget speech of state’s first female finance minister Ajanta Neog. She presented the Himanta Biswa Sarma-led Assam government’s first full-fledged Assam Budget 2021-22, which is a Rs 566.20 crore deficit Budget.
She said that the decision was taken in view of the Covid 19 situation when schools and educational institutes remained closed affecting the students. Though online education was made compulsory for the students, large number of students could not pursue it due to lack of smart mobile phones and internet facilities.
“This scheme will benefit 8 lakh students of the state and check dropouts of students in the state,” Neog said.
The dismal status of the state’s schools and their infrastructure was highlighted in the report of the Unified District Information System for Education Plus (UDISE+), directly administered by the Union Ministry of Education, published on Thursday. This report was for the academic year 2019-20.
The report also said that only 12.7% of Assam schools have functional computer facilities. It also added that the state has one of the highest 32.3 % of dropout rates of students in the secondary level.
Assam has a total number of 65,907 schools. Out of them, at least 47,157 are government, 5,024 are government-aided, 6,074 are private unaided and 652 are others.
Out of the total government schools, only 11.44 per cent have computer facilities and 4.32 per cent of schools have an internet connection, the report said.