Meghalaya's Education Min seeks all MLAs’ support in repairing schools

March 16, 2023 by MT Bureau

Staff Reporter

Shillong, March 15: Education Minister Rakkam A Sangma has appealed to all legislators to utilize their MLA funds for repairing dilapidated schools in their respective constituencies.

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Sangma told reporters that there will be a massive survey on schools to have all information including their condition. The survey will provide information if there may be schools under certain areas or sub-divisions or constituencies which require small intervention or small repairing work.

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The Meghalaya Democratic Alliance-I government had constructed more than 200 new lower primary schools across the state. Tenders have also been allotted for repairing certain numbers of schools.

The education minister said that he would also appeal to all MLAs of the state to shoulder this responsibility.

“I will also appeal to all the MLAs of the state to shoulder this responsibility. At least they can use their MLA fund for repairing or renovation of the schools,” he said adding “I think in that line. To be frank, every individual should shoulder this responsibility as the education department needs a massive revamping and transformation.”

The education minister informed that he has directed the department to get all data of every school in the state including those with very low enrolment. “We will examine and accordingly take steps,” he said.

On the process of teachers’ recruitment, Sangma said there were some technical issues because of the roster system based on the High Court order.

There are quite a number of lower primary schools in the state which are without teachers for six months to 2 years.

“To be frank, in my district South Garo Hills 26 schools are without teachers,” he said.

The education minister said that as a stop-gap arrangement, the government is planning to appoint teachers under the 59-day system till regular appointment is done so that such schools are not affected.