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Mukul launches science course

Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma at Ampati Government Higher Secondary School in South West Garo Hills on Thursday. Picture by Saidul Khan

Tura, July 31: Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma inaugurated the first higher secondary section for science course at Ampati Government Higher Secondary School in SouthWest Garo Hills district.

Sangma had passed his matriculation from this very school.

“I am a proud product of this school,” he told a huge gathering as he inaugurated the newly-constructed buildings for science and arts streams.

Sangma said the government had embarked upon an ambitious programme in 2011 to set up five government higher secondary schools for science stream.

“All the five institutions are located in remote areas to cater to the needs of underprivileged children of the state who cannot afford to move out of their district,” he added.

Sangma said the government would set up institutes and upgrade the existing ones which can offer courses in science and commerce streams besides introducing residential schools in every district of the state.

He also announced a slew of initiatives to improve the state’s education scenario that will include setting up of colleges of science and commerce in different parts of the state, higher secondary schools for science and commerce streams and special scholarship for students who would take up higher studies in the field of basic science at graduation and post-graduation level.

“Our children are first generation students, so they need monitoring and help. It will be an endeavour of the government to start residential schools to help our children who have to be groomed.”

Sangma said the Asian Development Bank and Japan had sanctioned over Rs 800 crore for investments in education sector in Meghalaya.

“We have changed the manner in funds allotment for the education department. Our strategy is to ensure that we will upscale our children’s career,” he said.

Speaking at length on the need to offer quality education, the chief minister asked teachers in government schools and colleges to deliver effectively. “Why are the parents not confident of sending their children to government institutions?” he asked.

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