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At least eight government schools have been closed down since December 2018 in Mizoram.

This was disclosed by state education minister Lalchhandama Ralte in the state Assembly on Friday.

In a written reply, Ralte said two primary schools in Serchhip town, and one each in Thingdawl village, Kolasib town, Khawruhlian village, Hnahthial town and another middle school in Darlawn village in Aizawl district have been closed down between 2018 and 2019.

He, however, did not disclose the reason for their closure.

The minister also said at least 12 schools were amalgamated during 2018-2019.

He added that at least 109 teachers were transferred to the state capital Aizawl from rural areas.

In January, the state Cabinet had approved The Mizoram Education (Transfer and Posting of School Education Teachers) Amendment Rules, 2020, which seeks to check and ensure that teachers serve at their respective postings.

The amendment rules will be tabled in the ongoing Budget session.

The meeting also endorsed the Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-Sixth Amendment) Bill, 2019 to amend Article 334 of the Constitution.

The state’s apex student organization, Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), has been demanding new rules, which will ensure transfer and posting of teachers in stricter manner.

The organization has alleged that many teachers in urban areas refused to go to rural areas and hired substitute teachers in their place, which in turn affect the students’ career.

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