Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma and Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui on August 21st, 2019 called on Union Minister for Human Resource Development Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank in Delhi and sought Centre’s intervention on the Education sector and other issues pertaining to the State.
The Meghalaya government raised a number of issues like– Draft National Education Policy, Minority institutions, introduction of classical-foreign languages in schools and so on.
Minister Rymbui apprised that restructuring the entire educational facilities in the State would be a difficult exercise and would put a lot of financial burden as 50 per cent of the Schools in Meghalaya were run by minority organisations. He also urged that minority institutions should be allowed to manage the school managing committees .
Expressing concern and financial burden for introduction of classical language, foreign languages in Schools, Rymbui pointed that unless a special scheme is rolled out for recruitment of language teachers, offering such language at schools, colleges and universities would be a difficult exercise. The State government reiterated status quo be maintained regarding language policy.
Pokhriyal assured the Chief Minister and Education Minister that the matters will be taken up and necessary interventions will be made.
On Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan(SSA), Rymbui pointed that Ministry of HRD had committed to release central share of Rs. 253.49 crore against Rs. 523.36 crore sanctioned by PAB 2018-19, however, the actual release was Rs. 237.846 crore, with a shortfall of Rs. 15.644 crore.
He said that due to shortfall of funds released by the Ministry, the state has been facing difficulties for implementation of SSA. The Chief Minister and Education Minister has urged centre to look into the matter.
On implementation of 9 model schools in Meghalaya, Rymbui said that funds for the centrally sponsored schools amounting to Rs. 15,03,00,00 (50 per cent of the central share) were released in 2011, however the project was discontinued in 2015 and the financial burden was given to the State. Rymbui urged the centre to reconsider the Model School Scheme for Meghalaya and ensure completion of the schools, which were initiated in the State. The Union Minister has instructed the department to examine the matter.
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