Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma today appealed to the general public, especially the MLAs and politicians to donate their one month’s salary for the betterment of schools in rural parts of Meghalaya who lack basic amenities like roof over their heads, a clean toilet, clean drinking water and even electricity.
While ruing the fact that there are many children in the interior villages of Meghalaya studying in schools which do not even basic facilities, the CM expressed the concern of the state government in this regard.
“We are trying our level best to change this fact but again, there are limitations and challenges. Since many of our schools in rural areas are in dire need of help, hence I want to appeal to officers, successful businessmen and senior politicians to try and identify and adopt a school in rural areas in whatever capacity they can. Even giving one sheet of tin or bench can make a great difference”.
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He also urged the MLAs and political leaders to try and sacrifice their one month salary for the upliftment of such schools in rural Meghalaya.
“I am starting this from myself and will be giving my one month’s salary for a school located in the hinterland of the state. I will provide whaetever is necessary and what I can to help the school”, the CM said while adding that, ”
If there is a movement in this line from even the common man who wish to donate whatever they can, we as a society can collectively make a huge difference.”.
the CM further stated, “We have ensured that if we have 10 agendas, 5 will be for education; Likewise if there are 20 agendas, 10 will be devoted for the purpose of education. But let me tell you that this task is a herculean one. We would love to transform the educational scenario of the state in a matter of few years but we do face a lot of hurdles and challenges”.
The CM also informed that the state’s education policy is on the verge of completipn and will be released by the end of this month itself. The education policy will give a clear cut direction on how the state governmnet would like to take the education forward in the state.
In this regard, he said, “If we look at the educational scenario of Meghalaya, we see that there are not enough educational institutions to cater to the needs of a huge population of young people who are in need of quality education.
Meghalaya’s biggest assets are its children and youth are going to be the future of our state”.
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The Chief Minister spoke as the Chief Guest today at the Diamond Jubilee Celebration of Auxilium Girl’s Higher Secondary School, Shillong. The School has completed its 60 years of existence on September 13, 2018. The event also witnessed the presence of Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui, Nongthymmai MLA Charles Pyngrope, Jemino Mawthoh and DC of East Khasi Hills Peter Dkhar.
The motto of the Diamond Jubilee Celebration was “60 diamond years…As the journey continues”.