Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh urged the Government teachers to put in serious effort towards improving the condition of Government educational institutes.

He was speaking as the chief guest at the prize distribution function for top rank holders of class X and XII examinations conducted by Board of Secondary Education, Manipur (BOSEM) and Council of Higher Secondary Education, Manipur (COHSEM) respectively at City Convention Centre, Palace Compound today.

The Chief Minister stated that parents nowadays are spending huge amounts of money in children’s education in the State. It is mainly due to emergence of coaching/tuition culture and degradation of Government educational institutes, he observed.

The Chief Minister contended that common people’s wish of giving proper education to their children at affordable cost can’t be fulfilled until the condition of Government educational institutes are enhanced.

Although, education is one of the thrust areas of the new State Government apart from health and infrastructure/communication sectors, no improvement in education sector is possible without the sincere and serious effort of teachers, Shri N. Biren observed.

As one of the initial steps for bringing improvement in the education sector, completion of 50 schools (41 schools under SSA and nine schools under RMSA) had been included in the 100 days programme of the new Government.

Stating that the Government is planning to introduce vocational training in 40 colleges soon, the Chief Minister said that deliberations are being made to consider enrolment of even school dropouts in these courses.

He further said that the Government would open a District Institute of Education and Training (DIET) centre for Imphal East district soon.

The Government is also planning to bring out a transparent transfer and posting policy for teachers and head of institutions under the Directorate of Education (S) as soon as possible, he added.

Shri N. Biren further said that in order to streamline the education system and to have proper control over the mushrooming of private schools and coaching centres, the Manipur Private Schools (Registration) Bill, 2017 and the Manipur Coaching Institute (Control and Regulation) Bill, 2017 would be placed before the State Assembly in the next session.

Speaking at the occasion as the functional president, Education Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam said that the new State Government led by Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh had decided to give thrust to education and health sectors.

As such, a brainstorming session with ZEOs, Headmasters/Principals and teachers with the top officials of the State Government would be held after the prize distribution function to find the ways of uplifting education sector, the Minister said.

He further said that for the first time, the Government also decided to organise joint prize distribution for the rank holders of Class X and XII examinations conducted by BOSEM and COHSEM respectively.

The Minister expressed hope that the prize winners would motivate other students to work harder and achieve better milestones in future.

Stating that one should not get discouraged with failures, the Minister observed that students should not forget to learn lessons from their mistakes.

During the function, Chief Minister Shri N. Biren also launched a website namely,www.edusuggest.in, which will immediately connect all the stakeholders with the Government to foster decision making and public participation in the education sector.

Later, the Chief Minister distributed commendation prizes to the top 10 position holders of Class X examination conducted by BOSEM and Class XII examination conducted by COHSEM.

He also feted the top 10 students of Government schools, who secured highest marks in these two examinations, with prizes at the function.

Principal Secretary (Education-S) Shri Vineet Joshi, Education (S) Director Shri Th. Kirankumar Singh and COHSEM Chairman Shri L. Mahendra Singh also attended the function as guests of honour.

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