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Nagas can catch up: Rio

Nagaland chief minister, Neiphiu Rio speaking at the golden jubilee celebration of Baptist High on Friday at Mission Compound. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, NOV 6 (NPN):
Published on 7 Nov. 2009 1:36 AM IST
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Nagaland chief minister, Neiphiu Rio asserted that Nagas could catch up with the world if good values and characters learnt from schools were upheld, implemented and spread to the masses to change the society. Rio who was speaking at the golden jubilee celebration of Baptist High, Kohima as the chief guest said the Naga society was still very young needing good character, right mindset and integrity to build up and catch up with the world. Stating that every vibrant society needed good leaders to uphold the principles and integrity, he urged every conscious citizen to participate in running the government for smooth and better governance. An alumnus of Baptist High, Rio acknowledged the pioneers and teachers of the school for moulding their students and making them into responsible citizens of the society. He said that the knowledge learned from the school should be implemented in the society so as to make the society a better place. Minister for urban development and higher & technical education, Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu who was the guest of honour in his speech said jubilee was a time to reflect on the achievements and added that Baptist High had every reason to look back with justifiable satisfaction. Speaking on the education scenario of the state, Dr. Shürhozelie pointed out that the GER of the state was 5% as against the National requirement for 11%. He informed the gathering that the national GER would be increased to 16% by the 11th Year Plan. The minister expressed hope that the school would “march with vigour and zeal with God’s blessings.” He also released the jubilee journal. Short messages were delivered by Rev. Keviyiekielie Linyü, executive director of ABCC; Beilieü Shüya, the first headmistress of Baptist High and Rev. Luoliehu Yimsung, an alumnus. ‘Experience as a teacher’ was shared by Neituomeü Kevichüsa while Alemtemshi Jamir, Development Commissioner, shared his experiences as a student of the school. Special numbers were presented by alumni of the school Neibano Swuro and Noune Kuotsu and the jubilee choir. Thanksgiving prayer was led by Rev. Lhouzoviu Shüya while principal of Baptist High, Pheluopfelie Kesiezie chaired the programme. Baptist High (formerly known as Baptist English School) was started on May 15, 1959 as a “calling of God to produce responsible and God fearing citizens.” It has now an enrollment of more than 2000 students with classes up to 10+2. The school runs under the Angami Baptist Churches Council.

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