Meghalaya govt encouraged by public participation in improving education: Conrad SangmaSHILLONG | Jun 14
The Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Conrad Sangma has expressed the feeling of encouragement that the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) feels “when looking at the high degree of public participation that is being seen in attempts to improve the overall education scenario in the state”.
“We, as a government, have been encouraging public participation to improve the overall education scenario in the State as a whole,” Conrad said while speaking as the chief guest of a function to mark the inauguration of the school building of Mohan Massar Upper Primary School at Mawprem.
He also said that there are challenges in the education sector like no drinking water or electricity in schools, poor pass percentage, dilapidated buildings and things are not as good as it should be but people should come together and put in collective efforts for a change in the education sector. “Education is like the blood in a body and when the blood in the system is not proper every single organ in the body is affected and it is upon the quality of this blood that will determine a healthy body,” he said.
Conrad also said that the nearly 25,000 students who did not pass the SSLC and HSSLC examinations must have been subjected to physiological difficulties and therefore it is very important that society, government and all stakeholders come together to improve the quality of education and stop blaming one another and participate in improving the education sector.
“The collective efforts of Round Table India and the government is an example which shows what can be achieved when we come together,” he added. He also informed that under the Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRS) under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, the Government of India has listed 36 EMRS in Meghalaya making it the highest in the country. He added that with the setting up the EMRS schools in far flung areas of the State the biggest challenge that the government is facing to provide quality education in rural areas will be solved.
Commending the efforts of the Round Table in funding the school building the Chief Minister said that everybody needs to adopt a school and a child. “The Round Table and Ladies Circle have done a wonderful job through their motto Freedom Through Education but the real satisfaction will come when you visit the school, talk to the students and teachers, map the progress of the students, let this journey not end with the school building,” said the Chief Minister.
Also speaking on the occasion, the state’s Education Minister, Lakhmen Rymbui said that the initiative of Round Table, Shillong will set an example to other NGOs for collective collaboration for a good cause. He urged the teachers of the school to work harder in increasing enrollment and said that the Round Table should consider the needs of the differently abled in their next phase of the school building.
The Round Table India through its Shillong chapter and Shillong Ladies Circle inaugurated a eight classroom building block at Mohan Massar Upper Primary School. Shillong Round Table is a part of Round Table India Movement. The flagship program of Round Table India is Freedom through Education wherein they provide educational infrastructural for the under privileged children.
The Executive Member (EM) of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), Paul Lyngdoh also handed a cheque of Rs. 1 lakh to the school during the occasion.
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