Imphal, January 23, 2018 (DIPR): Teachers and Zonal Education Officers (ZEO) must take active role to look into the shortages and essential requirements of the school and inform the concern authorities of the Education Department to make necessary changes at the earliest. This was stated by Education Minister Shri Thokchom Radheshyam during his visit to The Uyumpok Upper Primary School, at Khundrakpam A/C yesterday.

The Minister also gave assurance to construct a new school by March – April. Reiterating that education is one of the top priorities of the Government, the Minister said it is the duty of the headmaster/headmaster in-charge to inform/provide report to the concern authority about the necessary requirements and needs of their respective schools and the students. The Minister also warned strict action against those officials who fail to carry out their responsibility.

The teaching, non-teaching staffs and officials of Education Department belong to one big family and they have a big responsibility to bring a positive change in the field of education system especially in the Government sector. All must work proactively to address the prevailing issues and problems ailing the education system, he added.

The Minister also expressed happiness on the increase of students enrolling in Uyumpok Upper Primary School from, just ten (10) students last academic session to one hundred nineteen (119) students this year. Giving credits for the high enrolment due to the hard work and dedication of the teachers and non teaching staffs, the Minister said this year Government schools have witnessed high enrolment from 15/20 students to 200 students this year in some schools. The school committees also have a huge responsibility towards the development of the schools, he added.

Briefing the media, Minister Th. Radheshyam said that officials of the Education Department have been visiting different government schools located both in the hills and plains of the state with the aim to improve the education sector. Due to the relentless efforts from the stakeholders especially in rural areas, the enrolment in the government school has seen a steady increase. Expressing happiness at the increase in number of students from 10 to 120 this year, the Minister said the government schools are slowly regaining the trust of the people.

The Minister said his visit to The Uyumpok Upper Primary School was planned after he saw the plight of the school in local news arising due to inadequate infrastructure due to increase in number of students. He appealed to the public to render their continuous support to the schools.

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