Children of migrants/refugees who fled away from Myanmar and have taken shelter in Mizoram can now be admitted to schools in the state.
After a military coup started in Myanmar, many nationals from Myanmar fled to Mizoram to take shelter to save their lives. Many Myanmar nationals are now living in refugee camps in Mizoram and are deprived of education.
Extending the helping hand the Mizo state government has allowed the deprived children to continue their studies. A circular, sent from the Directorate of School Education to all District Education Officers and Sub Divisional Educational Officers on Tuesday, requested officials to arrange for “admission to migrant/refugee children” in their respective jurisdictions so that they can “continue their schooling.”
The circular, signed by James Lalrinchhana, Director, Directorate of School Education, cited Chapter 2(4) of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 (RTE Act0 2009) as the reason for the decision.
The letter stated that as per the Act, “children aged between 6 to 14 years belonging to disadvantaged communities have the right to be admitted to school in a class appropriate to his or her age for completing elementary education.”
Since March, after the military junta staged a coup in Myanmar, thousands of refugees from the Chin state have crossed over the border into Mizoram. While the Centre had ordered that borders be closed to Myanmar refugees, the Mizoram National Front (MNF) government, led by Zoramthanga, had welcomed them as fellow brethren, invoking a common tribal lineage and “deep ethnic bonds”.