Manipur’s Education Minister, Thounaojam Basantakumar Singh, mentioned that out of the 15,915 students residing in 347 relief camps, 15,641 have been re-enrolled or “linked” to nearby schools. He explained that schools closed initially due to the outbreak of violence on May 3, extending summer holidays due to the worsening law and order situation. Classes for lower grades resumed from July 5 and higher classes restarted from August 10.
As of October 23, school attendance has reached 77%. However, 26 schools are yet to reopen; 18 in Churachandpur and three each in Imphal East and Jiribam districts were utilized as relief camps or to house Central Armed Police Forces.
To support displaced students, Thounaojam mentioned the free admission of students to nearby schools. Nodal officers have been appointed to ensure admissions, provide textbooks, stationery, and uniforms. Additionally, measures are being taken to recover essential documents lost during the violence. The syllabus coverage will be ensured by reducing winter holidays, and full-day classes will be held on Saturdays.
Moreover, an educational TV channel called “Lairik” on Jio TV is providing free e-learning content to students. The government has initiated the Chief Minister College Students Rehabilitation Scheme 2023, offering free admissions. Restoration of mobile internet services is under serious consideration, and plans are in place to potentially reinstate these services within a few days, taking advice from security agencies into account.