Education

Over 7,000 posts vacant in government schools: Minister Th Basanta Kumar

Chief Minister N Biren said the government’s focus is not in producing toppers but to ensure widespread and massive education to bring about positive changes in the society.

ByIFP Bureau

Updated 27 Jul 2022, 12:29 pm

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Manipur Education Minister Thounaojam Basanta Kumar on Tuesday disclosed that over 7,000 posts of both teaching and non-teaching staff are lying vacant in the state government schools.

The minister was replying to a starred question raised by Opposition MLA Th Lokeshwar over the upgrading of aided high schools into full-fledged government schools.

When asked about the inadequacy of teachers and infrastructures in government schools, Basanta Kumar said that the government is putting maximum efforts to fill up the vacancies at the earliest.

Basanta Kumar informed the house that there are 28 total aided high schools having adequate infrastructures in the state.

The government is considering upgrading of the aided high schools based on factors like availability of requisite infrastructures; high enrolment of students; qualification of teachers as per NCTE guidelines; surrender of school assets to government and availability of government resources among others, he said.

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“However, since there is no funding under RMSA and SSA for aided schools, we have to take from the planned budget of the state for infrastructural development,” he said.

Meanwhile, responding to a motion by MLA K Ranjit on a matter of public interest pertaining to the poor performance by students of government schools in BOSEM and COHSEM examinations, Basanta said that the overall performance of government schools has shown significant improvement.

MLA Ranjit further raised concern that government schools were not able to produce any toppers in the Science and Commerce streams of the HSE conducted by COHSEM and in the HSLC exam conducted by BOSEM.

Besides, as many as 47 government schools reported zero pass percentage, he said and questioned whether the ‘School Fagathansi Mission’ is bearing fruit.

Basanta Kumar replied that government schools are slowly gaining the trust and confidence of the people under the ‘School Fagathansi Mission’.

Based on basic educational indicators like gross enrolment ratio and net enrolment ratio, the enrolment of students in government secondary schools rose from 73 to 75 per cent while enrolment in government higher secondary schools increased from 57 to 61 per cent last year, he said.

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Besides, there is an overall improvement in the education scenario at government schools even though there was only one topper from government school, he added.

Pass percentage of students in Class X exam significantly improved from 54.2 per cent to 60.48 per cent, which is the highest in 10 years with the exception of 2021, he further said.

Pass percentage of government school students in HSE also improved from 61.96 per cent to 89.23 per cent, he said, adding that the subject toppers of 15 subjects out of 46 total subjects were from government schools.

Basanta Kumar said that the government is planning to conduct counselling for the students who were not able to clear the exams and organise special coaching for meritorious students from government schools to produce toppers.

Chief Minister N Biren also intervened in the discussion and stated that the government’s focus is not in producing toppers but to ensure widespread and massive education to bring about positive changes in the society.

To another query raised by MLA Ranjit, the education minister said that the National Education Policy, 2020 is being implemented in the state and discussions with experts are being held regarding framing of syllabus which will include local content. 

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First published:26 Jul 2022, 5:43 pm

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