Meghalaya: Base laid for residential school near Chokpot
TURA: Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sangma laid the foundation stone for construction of a residential school at Raja Ronggat near Chokpot . Parliamentary Secretary in-charge Education, W.D.Sangma, recently elected Legislator of the area and Chairperson Meghalaya State Development Reforms Commission, Bluebell Sangma, other Parliamentary secretaries, MDCs and officials of Education department were among others present on the occasion.
This is will be one of the two residential schools to be constructed in South Garo Hills out of 20 such schools sanctioned in the State, a new programme of the Government to start residential schools in the backward areas. A land measuring 15 acres has been acquired for construction of the school. However, the Chief Minister has asked the department to acquire more land saying there is a need to have futuristic plan while opening schools so that there will be enough space for children to "unleash their talents".
The Chief Minister said that the Government had come up with this programme of opening residential schools in backward areas based on the ground realities where most of the children being first-generation students with illiterate parents have no one to guide them in their studies at home. He also said that in order to improve education sector the department has received the highest allocation of funds. "When education sector is taken care of, everything else will fall in line", he added.
He also laid stress on the role and responsibilities of the teachers and school managing committees in the improvement of education and made an exhortation to revive the spirit of sacrifice and social service that had been the quality of teachers in yesteryears. "There is a need for every one of us to take our responsibilities seriously, otherwise we are doing grave injustice to our land and our people", he said.
Local MLA, Bluebell R. Sangma, Director of School Education & Literacy, Ambrose Ch. Marak and Additional Deputy Commissioner, A. C. Marak also spoke on the occasion.