Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma on Friday admitted that there are many schools in the state where “students are studying without any proper infrastructure”.
Chief minister Conrad Sangma made the statement on Friday while speaking at the Golden Jubilee celebration of the Sawlyngdoh Higher Secondary School at Mowkaiaw in Laskein under the West Jaintia Hills district.
Chief minister Conrad K. Sangma, education minister Lahkmen Rymbui, commerce and industry minister Snaiwbhalang Dhar and MLA Nujorki Sungoh unveiled the statue of the founder of Sawlyngdoh Higher Secondary School, Thomlin Suchiang to mark the Golden Jubilee celebration of the school.
While lamenting various bottlenecks in imparting quality education, chief minister Sangma said, “We have many schools where students are studying without any proper infrastructure.”
“However, this has not dithered our spirit and we are moving forward with a positive approach to ensure that we are able to transform the education system,” Conrad Sangma said.
While attending the celebration, chief minister Conrad K. Sangma reiterated that his government is committed to overhauling the education scenario in Meghalaya.
“During 2018 election, we had made a commitment to the people that given an opportunity to lead the Government, we will accord priority to improve the education system,” he said.
Stating that education is one of the top priority of the government, Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma said, “We have a challenge before us. There are legacy problems in the education system. However, we have prioritised the sector and have made an effort to slowly reverse the trend.”
“We have a large number of schools with limited infrastructure, wherein we have put thrust to upscale teaching and learning infrastructures,” he said.
The Meghalaya chief minister said the government spends about Rs. 2000 crore per annum for different educational purposes, which comprises grants, salaries and infrastructure projects.
“Despite investing large amount in education sector yet we have a challenge but step by step we are trying to overcome these challenges. We accept there are problems in the education sector but we are moving forward in a positive direction,” he added.
During the programme, the Meghalaya chief minister also released the school souvenir, the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said in a statement.