Imphal, May 6,
No one will believe as it is a government school, but the fact is that Pettigrew Junior High School which will complete 125 years tomorrow. One among the oldest school is saving the face of the government schools in the state and the credit goes to the dedicated teachers of the school.
Christian Missionary Rev. William Pettigrew, who set up the school with a mission to spread Christian Evangelism and Western Education in the state of Manipur, might be disappointed, as he failed to spread the religion which he dedicated, but Manipur still honour him for introducing the western education.
Talking to Imphal Times, a teacher of the school, Gunachandra Kakchingtabam said that Pioneer Leader of Manipur, Lamyanba Hijam Irabot and Padmashri RK Jhalajit among other prominent academicians of the state first got their education from Pettigrew Lower Primary School (Now Pettigrew Junior High School) which was established by Scottish- British Christian Missionary William Pettigrew on May 7, 1894 at Singjamei Mathak Thochom Leikai with just around 50 students.
One among the oldest school, which gave present day education system to many eminent personalities during pre merger period of Manipur, was hardly recognized or known to many people across the state until 2014.
“ Our school today has all facilities even more than the best private schools in the state and we give the credit to local MLA Yumnam Khemchand who provide all the requirement of the school without waiting for approval from the education department”, Gunachandra said.
However, this reporter knows that the real credit for the making of the government school lively is the commitment and dedications of the teachers working in the school.
In 2014-15, the school had hardly 28 students but today enrollment is increasing and this academic session the junior High School now have 67 students, Gunachandra said.
Interestingly, the teachers of the school contributed and hire two vehicles (one Van and one Diesel auto) for transportation of students.
In fact when almost all govt. schools survive for just name shake, Pettigrew Junior High School is one among the school which is saving the face of the Education (S) department. A support of one MLA encourage so much to teacher in rendering their service, imagine if the 60 MLAs give support at least one government school each from their respective constituency, Manipur will have at least 60 excellent government schools.
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