Imphal, Nov. 3
On Saturday, Education Minister Thokchom Radheshyam visited Budhimanjuri High School, Uripok to personally find out if the students are happy or not to the introduction of the ‘No School Bag Day’. The Minister then interacted with the students about their hobbies and interests.
During the visits, students were found practicing arts and crafts with teachers. The students were making traditional banana leaf bowl (dona), plates and houses design from paper. The students later gathered at the school ground recited poems and sang songs.
The Minister advised the teachers to encourage the students to make them participate in extra-curricular activities for overall improvement. Head of schools should chalk out list of extracurricular activities for each class in advance through discussion and consultation with teachers and inform students/ parents accordingly.
Th. Radheshyam said that students should be made to feel that the school is their second home where they can live in ease. He also appealed to the teachers to motivate the students even when they are lacking behind. He said that fear and anxiety disheartens the students. He urged the teachers to treat the students as their own, imparting education with affection so that the children are able to express their views and perspective without hesitation.
The students – teacher relationship need to be made friendlier so that the students could approach the teachers anytime when they need. The students should be taught to maintain neatness to instill in them a sense of work culture and cleanliness in school and their surroundings. The Minister said that No School Bag Day policy aims in building positive culture amongst children, providing platform for innovative ideas and to reduce the stress and harmful effects of carrying heavy bags by the young children.
The No School Bag Day policy is implemented by the Department of Education(S), Manipur for the students from class I – VIII to attend school without school bags on all working Saturdays. No School Bag Day is being implemented in school with efforts to add various extra and co-curricular activities to make it a more structured and purposeful in manner.
The ministerial team comprises Director, Education (S), Th. Kirankumar Singh, concerned officials and ZEOs also inspected infrastructure of the school.
Jeet Akoijam, Resident Editor of Imphal Times hails from Singjamei Liwa Road. Has been with Imphal Times since its start. A National level Rugby player and a regular Trekker and Nature Lover, loves spending time in lap of Mother Nature. Jeet is the father of two lovely kids. Jeet can be contacted at [email protected]
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