Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K. Sangma on Friday stressed that the government and all stakeholders should come together to improve the quality of education in the state.
The Meghalaya CM said nearly 25,000 students, who did not pass the Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) and Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate (HSSLC) examinations must have been subjected to physiological difficulties.
The chief minister said this while inaugurating a school building of Mohan Massar U.P. School at Mawprem in Shillong.
“It is very important that the society, government and all stakeholders should come together to improve the quality of education by not blaming one another but participate in improving the education sector,” said chief minister Conrad K. Sangma said.
Lauding the Round Table India for funding the school building, Conrad Sangma said, “Each one of us need 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 students and teachers, map the progress of students.”
He said the collective effort of the Round Table India and the government is an example “which shows what can be achieved when we come together”.
The chief minister also said 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.
Meghalaya education minister Lakhmen Rymbui, West Shillong MLA Mohendro Rapsang and KHADC executive member Paul Lyngdoh and other dignitaries were present.
In his address, Rymbui said the initiative of the Round Table, Shillong, is an example for other NGOs for collective collaboration for a good cause.
He urged the teachers of the school to work harder in increasing enrolment and suggested the Round Table to consider the needs of differently-abled students.
Among others who spoke include the area vice-chairman of Round Table, Robin Agarwala; chairman, Shillong Round Table, Vikram Singhania and chairperson, Ladies Circle, Gunjan Singhania.
On the occasion, the KHADC EM Paul Lyngdoh handed a cheque for Rs 1 lakh to the school.