Aradonga Secondary school gets new building after 59 years

Shillong, Feb 18: Meghalaya Assembly Speaker, Metbah Lyngdoh on Thursday inaugurated the new building of the Aradonga Higher Secondary (Deficit) School constructed under the Supporting Human Capital Development funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Speaking during the inauguration, Lyngdoh said that there is a tendency from the people to think that the government can do everything.

“I am happy to know that ADB is funding projects for secondary education,” he added.

The Meghalaya Assembly Speaker said that if there is a bridge in the gap where secondary schools are lacking such financial institutions can help in creating infrastructures.

He said that the government alone cannot do anything alone but only when these financial institutions like the ADB and World Bank step in many developmental activities can be brought in the state and in the country as a whole.

Lyngdoh also urged the government to prioritise developmental activities in the rural areas.

The lamented that whenever there is a new scheme or new projects rural areas come in the second stage or the last stage.

“I feel upset when I see this kind of attitude, but we have our leaders in the past who have made sincere efforts to see that the gap between the urban and the rural areas has to be bridged so as to enable the children of the rural areas enjoy the same kind of environment that those in the urban areas are getting,” the Assembly Speaker said.

Lyngdoh also expressed his happiness to learn that the school was established in 1962 will turn 60 years in 2022 which coincides with the 50th years of statehood of the state of Meghalaya.

“The school is standing as it is till today and it is growing from year to year because of the dedication and commitment rendered by the teachers of the school. Without their commitment and dedication, I don’t think it will be possible for the school to stand as it is (now),” the Speaker said.

The School authorities also submitted a memorandum urging the Speaker to prevail on the government to provincialise it. Lyngdoh said that since he is not the authority on the matter, however assured them that he will take up the matter with the Education Minister, Lahkmen Rymbui.

Meanwhile, local MLA, Kimfa Marbaniang said that it is important for all to see requirement of the school even as he added that provincilization of the school is needed.

“We have spoken to the Education Minister but all these things takes time it does not happen in a day or two,” Marbaniang said even as he assured that the school will received what it has asked for.