Meghalaya Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui told the Assembly on Wednesday that there are many schools in the state where there is only two or four students. While the teacher-pupil ratio is 1:30, Rymbui said there are many Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA) schools which are functioning with two teachers teaching only two or four students.
"We are in the process to rationalise teachers placement in the SSA schools so that resources of the government is not wasted," he said. In Meghalaya, there are 395 lower primary schools with 808 teachers and 508 upper primary schools with 1874 teachers, he informed.
On the delay of payment of salaries to teacher of schools, the Minister said the disbursement of salaries take place as and when the funds are released from the Centre. The Minister replying to a call attention moved by opposition Congress MLA Mayralborn Syiem on the delay in construction of an SSA lower primary school building at Khlieh Umwang village in Ri Bhoi District said the lower primary school building at the village along the inter-state boundary with Assam was demolished by Assam Police.
He said the incident had taken place in August last year wherein departmental inquiry was made. According to the report, some part of the building, which was under construction and sanctioned by the office of the Ri-Bhoi District Mission Coordinator for the year 2017-18 was destroyed by the Assam police.
The minister said the state government is taking the issue seriously and solutions to the problem are being explored so that social and educational developmental works could be implemented for the benefit of the children living in those areas..