Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma virtually launched the Meghalaya School Upgradation Programme under which 50 lower primary and upper primary schools were upgraded and improved under Phase I of the programme.
Addressing the gathering of students, teachers and officials from the Education department, the chief minister said though at the current stage of the program only 50 schools are being upgraded the impact of it will be immense and bring important changes in education.
“There are a large number of schools that require upgradation hence we are moving in a phased manner and this programme will also extend to the secondary and higher secondary schools,” he said.
He further informed that another 100 renovated schools will be inaugurated in November and January. “We have gone on mission mode and the team that includes the deputy commissioners, PWD and other line departments will work in coordination to supervise and monitor so that the target of the first 200 schools is achieved within the specified time,” he added.
Sangma stated that as the infrastructures are completed the rankings of the State in education will also improve. Referring to the NIPUN Bharat Mission (National Initiative for Proficiency in Reading with Understanding and Numeracy, launched by the Education Ministry of India under National Education Policy 2022) which was also e-launched today for the State, he said that the programme will be working towards building the foundational skills and the mission also will go a long way in improving the overall cognitive capability of children and overall analytical skills.
NIPUN Bharat ensures every child in India gains foundational numeracy and literacy by the end of Grade 3. The goals include good health and well-being of children, to become effective communicators and that they become involved learners and connect with their immediate environment.
The chief minister also administered the NIPUN Bharat Mission pledge to the gathering during the occasion.
Also present during the e-launch were Education Minister, Lakhmen Rymbui, C & RD Minister Hamlet Dohling, Chief Secretary, Donald P Wahlang, Principal Secretary, Shakeel Ahammed and Commissioner and Secretary Education, BDR Tiwari.