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Meghalaya brings in sweeping changes to its education sector

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Tura, Nov 25: Meghalaya government is bringing in sweeping changes to reform and upscale the education sector in the state. From completing pending school projects to increasing scholarship and putting in place a new system for skill development, the government is going all out to reinvigorate the education sector.

School infrastructure to be completed by March 2021

Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma today announced that the government would be completing all the pending projects relating to infrastructure of the education sector including Model Schools and Residential Schools within this financial year.

He informed that close to Rs. 100 crore has been earmarked to complete these half-finished schools.

Meghalaya has close to 3000 government run Lower Primary Schools, 70 per cent of which have never been repaired since they were constructed.

Meghalaya Government will also construct College buildings in Baghmara, Williamnagar, Sohra. It intends to complete these projects by December 2022.

Sangma made these announcements while inaugurating the approach road from Edenbari, Tura to Harding Theological College Residential School today.

Skill-Hobby learning initiative

Meghalaya government is looking to not only allow students to learn from the textbooks but also equip them with skills, which is aimed at making them more employable.

Meghalaya government will allow each student to choose one skill and one hobby.

This will be promoted through different organisations and service providers and such programmes will be funded by the Government of India and Government of Meghalaya together.

Every student will be given 2 coupons, one coupon for 6 months for skills training and another coupon for 6 months to pursue their hobbies.

Scholarship amount increased
State government has announced to increase the scholarship for the students by upto 4 times.

Making the announcement today, chief minister Conrad K. Sangma said if a student was getting Rs. 5,000 as scholarship, now students will get Rs. 20,000.

Stressing on the reforms being brought to the education sector, he said in order to really transform education in Meghalaya, the participation of the society along with government is required as every one has a role of play.

He also urged the community to ensure that the youth and children continue their education and work hard to be at par with students from other parts of the country.



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