The killed script now revived, a total of 465 students get letter marks in the recently declared High School Leaving certificate Examination conducted by the Board of Secondary Education Manipur. Among the students who get letter marks the highest scorer reach 97%. The credit goes to Meitei Erol Eyak Loinasillon Apunba Lup (MEELAL) who had struggled hard to introduce it to the school syllabus. It was the historic agitation by this group under the leadership of late Chingsubam Akaba that the indigenous Meitei script was finally introduced to schools at primary level. Now it is nine years now and the Bengali Mayek which has been in used has been completely replaced by the original Meitei script.
Commemorating the day of introducing the Mayek to primary schools by the state government, MEELAL today observed the 9th Mayek Chatpa Numit – the day Meitei Mayek was introduced, at GM Hall. Prizes were distributed to the teachers and students who had achieved in promoting the script. Education Minister of the state Government Moirangthem Okendro attended the function as Chief Guest while President of MEELAL Naokhomba presided over it. While appreciating the works of MEELAL to their endless effort to develop the indigenous Meitei Mayek. He said that the state government is considering for a recurring grand for MEELAL to run the office however, as granting of recurring fund should be a state policy and the matter would be discussed with the Chief Minister, M Okendro added. On the other hand Okendro also assured to allot a land for MEELAL.
He education Minister further added that his government is looking forward for making compulsory of learning Manipuri language and script to all the IAS or MPS officers who are deputed to the state.
“In Assam it has been made compulsory for all the IAS officers to learn Assamese and why not such a measures in the state”, Okendro said.
Later, the education Minister handed over a sum of rupees 50,000/- to MEELAL as an assistance to today’s function.
Khundrakpam Menjor of KM Blooming Higher Secondary School and Kshetrimayum Ongbi Sanathoi Devi were honoured on the day for their contribution towards the development of Meitei Script.