Manipur education minister Th Radheshyam on Sunday said that many schools will be upgraded to higher secondary schools on need base as per the requirement.

The Sekmai Khumbi High School and Lalit Madhop Sharma High School Khongjom are among the schools to be upgraded to higher secondary level.

Radheshyam said this after visiting and inspecting the prevailing infrastructural condition of the government schools in the state on Sunday.

The ministerial team also visited the Manipur University, TG Higher Secondary School and Wangkhei High School which are the NEET(National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test) examination centres at Imphal apart from Shikhong Khunou Primary Madrasa and Heirok Higher Secondary School.

Director Education (Schools) L Nandakumar Singh accompanied the minister in the day’s inspection visit.

During the visit, Minister said that the NEET (UG) 2020 is one of the most important examinations for aspirants competing to take admissions in MBBS/BDS Courses and other undergraduate medical courses.

The Union Government along with the respective State Government made arrangements for NEET being conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA).

He said the examination is being conducted on September 13 and the delay in conducting the examination was due to COVID – 19 pandemic across the country and the state.

He appreciated precautionary steps being taken up at the examinations centres abiding SOPs – wearing face shields, face mask, hand gloves and maintaining physical distance among the students in the examination rooms with only 12 students being seated per room.

On the other hand, Minister said that due to COVID – 19 pandemic many students who were pursuing their education outside the state have returned here in the state and these students may opt to pursue their studies in the state.

Besides many students desiring to pursue their education outside the state may choose to continue their education here.

The infrastructural up-gradation in schools will facilitate in accommodating these students.

Sobhapati Samom

Sobhapati Samom is Northeast Now Correspondent in Imphal. He can be reached at: ssamom@gmail.com