Meghalaya: No decision yet on re-opening of educational institutions

Meghalaya: No decision yet on re-opening of educational institutions
Meghalaya Education Minister, Lahkmen Rymbui. (File Photo)

SHILLONG | AUG 20, 2020:

Meghalaya Education Minister, Lahkmen Rymbui has said that it is too premature to comment on the re-opening of schools since the Centre had directed all educational institutions to remain closed till August 31.

"The Centre is closely monitoring the situation. We will be duly informed if the Centre comes out with the notification on the re-opening of schools," Rymbui told reporters here on Thursday, August 20.

To a question, if the Government will consider reopening schools especially for Class X and Class XII, who will be appearing for their board examinations next year, he said that the State Government will have to wait for the directives from the Centre as far as helping students who are appearing for the board examination is concerned.

He further informed that the State Government has prepared the modalities with regards to the reopening of the schools.

"But we will have to wait for the decision of the Centre," Meghalaya Education Minister added.

It may be mentioned that the students who will be appearing the board examination are in a dilemma as online classes are unable to cater to their needs especially students hailing from the rural areas.

Rymbui had also admitted that there is a disparity when it comes to online classes since the students in rural villages do not have access to the internet.

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He added that online teaching will not be able to replace classroom teaching.

Meanwhile, the Meghalaya Education Minister welcomed the Union Cabinet's decision to set up the National Recruitment Agency (NRA) even as asserting that language won't be a barrier as the youth from the State are cultured to appear in English, Hindi and other languages as well.

It may be mentioned that the NRA will conduct the Common Eligibility Test (CET) for recruitment to non-gazetted posts in government and public sector banks.

This test aims to replace multiple examinations conducted by different recruiting agencies for selection to government jobs, advertised each year with a single online test.

The CET will be conducted in 12 major Indian languages.

Rymbui said that the NRA will help most of the youth of the country as they can appear in whatever language they are comfortable with.

When asked if the students of the State will be facing problem since Khasi and Garo languages are yet to be included in the 8th Schedule of the Indian constitution, the Education Minister said that there are 28 recognized languages but the Union government chose only 12 and taking that into consideration, it is a fair deal.

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