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9,190 refugee children enrolled in Mizoram schools

Refugee kids at a govt school at Thingsai village (File Photo)

Aizawl: Mizoram School Education Minister Lalchhandama Ralte on Tuesday said that 9,190 students belonging to Myanmar and Bangladesh refugees as well as internally displaced people of Manipur are being imparted education by the state government.

Addressing a press conference in Aizawl, Ralte said that 6,366 refugee students from Myanmar, 250 refugee students from Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh and 2,574 internally displaced students have resumed their education after taking shelter in Mizoram.

He said that 9,190 students taking shelter in the state are being looked after by the state government and are being provided free school uniforms and textbooks as well as midday meals just like their counterparts in students of Mizoram.

Refugee students from Myanmar came out with flying colours in the High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) examinations conducted by the Mizoram Board of School Education (MBSE) last year, he said, adding that of 31 students appering in the examinations, 28 students were successful and the pass percentage among the refugee students was 90.32. He said that 4 students passed in first division. 

“As a high majority of refugee students lost their documents they were given exemption in producing documents pertaining to their qualifications and the acknowledgements obtained from their respective village councils and civil society leaders were accepted,” Ralte said.

He said that enrolment in government schools have gone up steadily during the last 4 years which is a positive indication that the education in government schools have witnessed improvement. 

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