Biren’s government creates history on ‘School Fagathansi’ mission

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, August 17, 2019: Manipur government has created history by laying foundation stones for improvement of 60 government schools under School Fagathansi’ mission.

The main function was held at the Cabinet hall of chief minister’s secretariat, where chief minister N. Biren Singh interacted with the dignitaries and officials present at seven different schools through video conference. He directed the School Fagathansi Mission Management Committees to work sincerely and ensure completion of improvement works within three months.

The state government had taken up the initiative of the mission to give a renewed thrust towards overall improvement of government schools in terms of physical and manpower infrastructural gaps and also to increase in enrolment in the government schools, the chief minister said.

The ‘School Fagathansi’ mission was launched on January 18 at a function held at Yumnam Huidrom Government High School, Wangoi in Imphal West. Under the mission one High or Higher Secondary School in each Assembly Constituency was selected in the first phase. The schools shall have classes from Pre-primary to Class X or Class XII, except in nine schools. Enrolment in government schools is targeted to increase from 26,000 at present to around 44,000 in the next academic session.

The chief minister appealed to all the government teachers to work with dedication.

He said he has received information, though not confirmed, regarding sending substitutes by some teachers. He asked such teachers to immediately stop such malpractices if they are really indulging in it.

He said the state government is in active consideration to install biometrics attendance machines in government schools to ensure presence of teachers at their posting places.

The feedbacks gathered from the ‘Go to Village’ and ‘Go to Hills’ missions provide input for the government to mend certain gaps and factors hindering development in the state. Economic condition of common people has not been improved despite government’s effort as they generally spend huge amount of money in their children’s education. As such, the government decided to enhance the condition of government schools by initiating the mission, he added.

Biren appreciated the education minister, the department, teachers and general public for their efforts and cooperation in making the initiation a success. He also said that around 2200 teachers had applied for posting in the model schools selected each in all the 60 Assembly constituencies under the mission.

He informed that adequate number of motivated and committed teachers would be posted in these model schools. Once a teacher is posted in these schools, he or she would stay there for at least 3 years, he said. Additional infrastructures like classrooms, decent school campus, sufficient school furniture, outdoor gymnasium, separate toilets for boys and girls, drinking water facilities among other basic standards as per the Right to Education norms will be provided at the schools, he added.

He also thanked the MLAs for their willingness to contribute some portion of Local Area Development Funds towards improvement of these schools.

A proposal for financial assistance had been submitted to the North East Special Infrastructure Development Scheme for infrastructure improvement of remaining around 2000 government schools of the state as well, he added.

Chief secretary Dr. J. Suresh Babu, additional chief secretaries, Dr. Suhel Akhtar and Letkhogin Haokip, principal secretaries, Rakesh Ranjan and Vumlunmang Vualnam, commissioner (Education-S) T. Ranjit Singh, commissioners Kh. Raghumani Singh, Bobby Waikhom and M. Joy Singh, director (Education-S) Th. Kirankumar and officials of education department among others attended the main function of the foundation laying ceremony.

Youth affairs and sports minister Letpao Haokip launched the mission for Chandel district at the Maha Union Higher Secondary School at Japhou, Chandel by laying foundation stone for the improvement of the school

Works minister Thongam Biswajit Singh, under the mission, laid the foundation stone for school improvement of the Eastern Ideal High School, Akampat the mission.

Forest and environment minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar laid the foundation stone for the improvement of the Moirangpurel High School under the mission at Moirangpurel, Andro, Imphal East.

Education minister Thokchom Radheshyam laid the foundation stone for improvement of the school under School Fagathansi Mission at Sekmai Khumbi High School, Nongpok Sekmai.

 Agriculture minister V.Hangkhanlian laid the foundation stone for improvement of Rengkai Higher Secondary School, at Rengkai Higher Secondary School, Churachandpur town.

The School Fagathansi mission was implemented simultaneously throughout the state in all the 60 Assembly Constituencies in first phase.

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