Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma on Friday said that his government is mulling an idea of focusing its resources on ‘worst performing’ schools across the State in order to improve and bring them at par with other better performing schools.
The chief minister said this after he inaugurated the Higher Secondary (Arts) section of the Shillong Public School, Shillong in the presence of state education minister Lahkmen Rymbui and other dignitaries and also attended the closing ceremony of the school’s silver jubilee celebrations.
In his address, the chief minister said, “The government accords top priority to the education sector and urged all stakeholders to work with a committed effort to improve the education scenario in the State.”
He also highlighted the stark difference in the quality of education in urban and rural areas and underlined the need for corrective measures and come out with strategies to combat the low pass percentage of students in the SSLC examinations in the State.
“Every child across the State should be entitled to quality education. Inspite of financial constraints, the government is doing its best to for the overall improvement of the education sector. Education is the defining factor in the overall progress of the State, and we must all work together with a determined mindset to overcome all the challenges in the education sector,” he urged.
Earlier in his address, education minister, Lahkmen Rymbui underlined the need to formulate a curriculum framework so that students from the State get the best education to enable them to compete with the rest of the country.
Lamenting over the State’s low pass percentage of 36.2 in the NEET exam, Rymbui said that a major reform was needed in the use of textbooks for students from the State.
“In order to give an edge to students in competitive exams, the government has adopted the use of NCERT textbooks for Arts and Science streams,” he informed.
Stating that the education system must be prepared, and adapt to the changing needs of the present times, the education minister said that the government was committed towards the implementation of various programs and interventions to streamline the education sector. The silver jubilee magazine of the school was also released on the occasion.