Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui on Friday said it is not possible to extend financial assistance to private schools.
“Assistance to schools is not possible,” Rymbui told the Assembly.
The opposition Congress members have raised concern on the plights of the various private schools which have been affected due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
Rangsakona legislator Zenith Sangma requested the government to provide some kind of support to private schools.
“If some of these private schools have to be closed down, it will have a huge impact on the students,” he said.
On this, the minister however said that the government is examining the matter.
Nongthymmai legislator Charles Pyngrope also urge the government to consider the suggestion especially to those private schools which are charging low fees to students from rural areas as they finding it very difficult to pay salary to the teachers.
Taking note of the concern, Rymbui reiterated that it is not possible to provide assistance to schools citing that although the budget estimate for education is huge, it may not meet even the current commitment of the government.
The minister however assured that the door is open. “If the resource is there, we will try to help each and everybody,” he stated.