Amidst all the controversies about lack of educational infrastructure, employment, assistance to farmers, the Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan has invited a fresh controversy to surround him by announcing to shut-down 19,000 schools in the state. The idea of closing as many as 19 thousand schools in the state has opened windows for war of words in the poll-bound Madhya Pradesh.
To experiment with this new idea the state government has come up with a scheme called ‘One School One Campus’. Under this scheme, the government will merge 35,000 schools. After this merger, only 15,961 schools will be remaining in the state. The classes starting from standard 1 to standard 12 will be taken in one school building and the schools will be laced with all the important facilities including library, lab, and teachers for all the subjects.
The government has issued an order to shift all the selected schools with the recommended ones. The school will also be providing buses or auto rickshaw facility for commutation of the students whose houses will become distant from the school. School education department has directed all the District Collectors regarding the shifting that has to be by October 1.
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Madhya Pradesh is already recorded to have a poor educational infrastructure. It lacks behind in terms of quality education as well as there are schools running without the sufficient number of teachers. Instead of recruiting more teachers, the Chauhan government has planned to reduce the number of schools in the state.