Imphal, Aug 17,
In what could be called as a historic move of the State Government, foundation stones for improvement of 60 Government schools under ‘School Fagathansi’ mission were laid at different places of the State today.
The main function was held at the Cabinet Hall of Chief Minister’s Secretariat, where Chief Minister N. Biren Singh interacted with the dignitaries and officials present at seven different schools through video conferencing. During the interaction, he directed the School Fagathansi Mission Management Committees to work sincerely and ensure completion of improvement works within three months.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that the State Government is giving serious thrust to improvement of education system of the State. He appealed to all the Government teachers to work with dedication, while stating that he has received information, though not confirmed, regarding sending substitutes by some teachers. He asked such teachers to immediately stop such malpractices if they are really indulging in it. Like in Manipur Police Department, he said, the State Government is in active consideration to install biometrics attendance machines in Government schools to ensure presence of teachers at their posting places.
Biren Singh said that the State Government had taken up the initiative of ‘School Fagathansi’ mission to give a renewed thrust towards overall improvement of Government schools in terms of physical and manpower infrastructural gaps and also to increase in enrollment in the Government schools.
He stressed that feedbacks gathered through his Government’s ‘Go to Village’ and ‘Go to Hills’ missions had been an important input for the Government to mend certain gaps and factors hindering development in the State. Economic condition of common people has not improved despite Government’s effort as they generally spend huge amount of money in their children’s education. As such, the Government decided to enhance the condition of Government schools by initiating the mission, he added.
In his speech, N. Biren Singh also appreciated the Education Minister, Education (S) Department, teachers and general public for their efforts and cooperation in making the initiation a success. He also said that around 2200 teachers/Lecturers had applied for posting in the model schools selected each in all the 60 Assembly constituencies under the mission.
He informed that adequate number of motivated and committed Lecturers/teachers would be posted in these model schools. Once a teacher is posted in these schools, he or she would stay there for at least 3 years, he said. Additional infrastructures like classrooms, decent school campus, sufficient school furniture, outdoor gymnasium, separate toilets for boys and girls, drinking water facilities among other basic standards as per the Right to Education norms will be provided at the schools, he added.
He also expressed glad that most of the MLAs had shown willingness to contribute some portion of their Local Area Development Funds towards improvement of these schools. Meanwhile, a proposal for financial assistance had been submitted to the North East Special Infrastructure Development Scheme (NESIDS) for infrastructure improvement of remaining around 2000 Government schools of the State as well, he added.
It may be mentioned that Chief Minister N. Biren Singh launched the ‘School Fagathansi’ mission at a function held at Yumnam Huidrom Government High School, Wangoi in Imphal West District on January 18 this year. Under the mission one High or Higher Secondary School in each Assembly Constituency was selected in the first phase. The schools shall have classes from Pre-Primary to Class X or Class XII, except in nine schools. Enrollment in Government schools is targeted to increase from 26,000 at present to around 44,000 in the next academic session.