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Biren launches free tuition

Imphal: Manipur chief minister Nongthombam Biren Singh launched a six-month free remedial coaching programme under the Chief Minister's Lairik Yengminnasi (Let's Learn) scheme at the Durbar Hall of his secretariat on Monday.

The scheme is being implemented by the Manipur Minorities and OBC Economic Development Society under department for welfare of minorities, Other Backward Classes and Scheduled Castes (MOBC and SC).

The scheme aims to provide free tuitions to students belonging to the minority, OBC and SC communities.

Biren Singh said 83 government schoolteachers and 71 private schoolteachers had been involved for the programme and a sum of Rs 74 lakh earmarked.

Teachers of government schools for classes VI to X would be given a monthly remuneration of Rs 5,000, while teachers for classes XI-XII would get Rs 6,000, in addition to their monthly salaries, he added.

On the other hand, private schoolteachers for classes VI-X will get Rs 8,000 per month, while their counterparts for classes XI to XII will get Rs 10,000, the chief minister said.

The programme aims to ensure quality education to all students irrespective of their economic background. Infrastructure in government schools will be utilised to conduct the programme. Classes will be conducted from 6am to 8.30am in three subjects - science, maths and English.

The coaching will be conducted in 19 schools in the valley districts of Imphal East, Imphal West, Thoubal and Bishnupur, where the backward class communities are concentrated.

Speaking at the launch, Biren Singh said, "Nothing is impossible if one puts efforts with a firm determination."

Stating that the state government had already taken up many social security schemes for the needy and the poor, the chief minister said the programme was one such scheme, which will benefit students belonging to less privileged sections of society.

"Youths are the future of society and teachers guide them towards success," he added. The chief minister stressed the need to provide quality education to all children of the state to accelerate Manipur's growth.

In another development, the commissioner of higher and technical education, H. Deelip, issued an order on Monday, constituting a six-member committee, headed by education minister L. Jayentakumar Singh as the chairman, to look after transfer and posting of college teachers.

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