Govt to identify ‘Bottom 20” schools in Garo Hills to improve SSLC pass percentage

SHILLONG, Oct 26: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Saturday said that with Garo Hills having an average pass percentage in the whole region with regard to SSLC Examinations, the government has decided to identify “Bottom 20” schools from the region and provide special classes especially for those students appearing for the SSLC Examinations.

He made these remarks during the inauguration of the new building of Wadanang Secondary School, Tura which was constructed under “Supporting Human Capital Development Project in Meghalaya” funded by Asian Development Bank (ADB).

The Chief Minister stated that most of the schools have four months long break during winter holidays after which the students directly appear for their examinations may be one of the reason for their bad performance.

“Special classes should be given to them during this break,” Conrad said.

He informed that many things are being planned to improve the education scenario in the region so that the students utilise the facilities properly and gets maximum benefit.

Moreover, in the initiative to transform the education sector in the state, he said that it depends on the person who runs it to make it as a centre of excellence for the people of the region.

Conrad also thanked all those people in the previous government who were instrumental in bringing the project including former Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs, Zenith Sangma and former Local MLA, Noverfield R Marak.

Moreover, he informed that the present government is keen to take this project further and said that Phase II of the ADB project is underway which would further improve the necessary requirements of various schools of the region.

Chief Adviser to the Chief Minister and MLA North Tura Thomas A Sangma expressed his appreciation to all those involved in the project and hoped that the modern facilities with smart classroom, library, computers and science laboratories would help the students immensely to improve their knowledge and excel the learning capacity of the students in future.

It may be mentioned that Wadanang Government Aided Secondary School was established in 1932 which was further upgraded to Secondary School in the year 1985 and since then has been catering to the students from various parts of the region.

This project focuses on improvement of secondary education, infrastructure and skill development. Under this project, scores of government aided secondary and higher secondary schools in the state are being upgraded with the kind of infrastructure to improve the overall learning environment for the students and so far about 14 numbers of such schools have completed in the region.

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