Result of the Higher Secondary School examination conducted by the Council of Higher Secondary Education, Manipur (COHSEM) for the year 2018 was declared yesterday. The pass percentage showed a marked improvement from the previous two years at 73.83 percent.
The pass percentage recorded in 2018 was 67.04 while it was 68.81 in 2017.
State government education department is happy with the result.
There is reason for the state education department as the authority has successfully reduced the use of unfair means in the examination conducted by the COHSEM.
The result declared yesterday also shows that the number of students appeared from private run school have done much better than from those of the government run higher secondary schools.
In Science stream so students from government school can include among the top 23. Two students government run schools – one from Ibotonsana Girls Higher Secondary School and another from the TG Higher Secondary School mange to come at 6th and 10th position. Almost all topers are from the private schools. In commerce stream students from government school could manage to include in the top five rank. But overall, the private schools still continue to dominate the government school in terms of academic excellence.
This is not the first time that the private run schools are showing its credentials better than those of the government run schools but the last few decades showed excel of the private schools. There has not been a single year during the last few decades at which government schools showed its superiority than the private schools. It was always students from the private school like the Little flower, Nirmalabas or the St. Joseph school or Don Bosco School which top the High School Leaving Certificate examination in almost all the HSLC examination.
For the Higher Secondary Examination the government run schools were considered better some years back but with the emergence of some few higher secondary schools like Meci Explorer Changangei, Herbert School Changangei, Xtra Edge School Ghari, Comet School Changangei, Millennium Institute of Sciences Sagolband Kwakeithel Mayai Koibi, Human Resource Development Academy Ghari, Maram Don Bosco etc. it too is lagging far behind.
With the result which showed that private schools are doing better than the govt. school it definitely showed that there is something seriously wrong with the government education policy.
It does not make any difference when it is A party or B party which is in power, when it come to the education sector of the state. Since the coming of the new government under the Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, many promises had been heard from the education Minister Th. Radhesyam for improvement of the government schools. The first one year, that is, in 2017, people of the state witness the energetic education Minister inspecting conditions of the government schools. But even after half the year of 2019 has already passed and no improvement is being noticed to the condition of the government schools in Manipur.
Except for announcing of some cash awards to successful students who passed the Class X and XII with excellent marks in a luxuriously makeshift stage during a public function, nothing seems to be taken up for improvement of the education sector in the state. When the Delhi Government under the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had given full priority to education sector by increasing the budget to 33% in 2015 from previous financial year during their regime, the state of Manipur allocated a meager amount to the education sector.
A welfare state is what every citizen expects from any government. And people of the country particularly in the state of Manipur promises by respective government about bringing a change is what has been hearing since the last many decades. Change of guard brings no difference to the condition of the state. Each party, whoever comes to power and ruled the state keep doing things for their own benefit in the name of making a welfare and progressive state. But in reality the situation of the state become worsen day after another.
Citizens of today know that education is the only way to build a welfare state and for that top priority is always expected. When said, top priority, it is about more budget, more strictures and more commitment of those in the power for improvement of the Education Sector. The more the people are educated, the dream for a welfare state will become reality. Without educated people, whatever, schemes or constructions being taken up will make no differences to the state of Manipur.
Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 15+ years in the field of Journalism. A seasoned editor, was a former editor of ISTV News. He resides in Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, with his wife and parents.