Imphal, September 5, 2019 (DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh said that development cannot be achieved without discipline in any society. This was stated by him at the State Level Teacher’s Day Celebration 2019 held at Manipur State Film Development Society, Palace Compound, Imphal.
Speaking as Chief Guest of the function, Chief Minister said that what we are today is because of the teachers. The true essence of celebrating Teacher’s Day is to show gratitude, respect, and recognition for their selfless sacrifice to nurture the pillars of the Nation, he added. He appealed the teachers to restrict the influence of unknown people/groups to the students for taking part in agitations/rallies/protests. He maintained that teachers should not encourage their students for agitations as the learning period for students are limited. He said that the government will not hesitate to be at the forefront in dealing with issues which affect the common interest of the State.
Stating that the government is committed to improve government schools and provide quality education to the children, he stated that the present government has initiated ‘School Fagathansi’ and ‘Lairik Tamhanlasi’ mission. This year, government schools have recorded the highest pass percentage above 74.6 percent in the Board exam till now. The number of position holders from the government schools is increasing in the last two years. Such a result shows the commitment of the government to improve the education sector in the State, he added. There are a lot of families who cannot afford private schools, that’s why the government is committed to improving the government schools, he added. He maintained that students are under continuous parental and exam pressure so we need to provide more space to foster their creativity and extracurricular activities.
Elaborating the ‘Lairik Tamhanlasi’ mission, he stated that around 1000 drop-out students were readmitted to the government schools till now. Under the School Fagathansi mission, pre-nursery classes will be opened in the identified 60 schools across the State. Hostels, Residential schools, etc. would be constructed in various hill areas such as Chingai, Churachandpur, Mao etc, he added. To improve the school infrastructures, a sum of Rs. 17.50 crores have been earmarked in the budget, he added. Around 19 transit accommodation for teachers is being constructed in hill areas of the State.
Chief Minister opined that if we want to serve the people then we need to reach out to the grassroots. Various initiatives and schemes of the present government such as GTV, GTH, CMHT, etc. has transformed the lives of the people of the State. To regulate establishment and management of private schools and coaching centers in the state, the government had passed The Manipur Private School (Registration and Regulation) Bill and Manipur Coaching Institute (Control and Regulation) Bill, he added.
Addressing the gathering, Minister for Education Shri Th. Radheshyam said that teachers play a vital role in nation-building and fulfilling the dreams and destiny of the students. He maintained that there is no other noble profession than the teaching profession. It is due to the hard work of the teachers that we could see a positive change in the education sector in the State, he added. Minister stated that every school will have No School Bag day every Saturday to ensure that students shall be taught extracurricular activities, games, and sports, etc. to the students studying in classes I-VIII.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister presented State Teacher’s Award to eight teachers. The Awardees are Smt. Waikhom Ritabai Chanu, Smt. Arambam Rajmata Devi, Smt. Ayekpam Sangeeta Devi, Smt. Aribam Indubala Devi, Smt. Longjam Manglembi Devi, Shri Hemam Rajen Singh, Shri Hena Singsit and Shri Mayanglambam Manglem Singh.
Commissioner (SCERT) Shri H. Gyan Prakash, Commissioner (Higher and Technical Education) Shri Kh. Raghumani Singh, Commissioner (School Education) Shri T. Ranjit Singh, Director (Schools) Shri Th. Kirankumar, Director (Higher and Technical) Shri W. Malemnganba, officials of the Education Department and students attended the function.