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RIO launches RMSA
Published on 3 Mar. 2010 12:56 AM IST
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State chief minister, Neiphiu Rio, who is also the president of Nagaland Education Mission Society (NEMS) formally launched the Rashtriya Madhyanik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) programme at Zonal Council Hall, Kohima, Tuesday. Addressing the gathering, the chief guest, Rio said that the main thrust of the programme was to provide universal access to secondary education and offer quality education coupled with higher levels of knowledge and skills. He said that the programme aimed to consolidate the achievements and successes made under Sarva Shiksha Abyiyan (SSA). Rio said that the state, with experiences gained under SSA, was all set and prepared to face RMSA programme. The chief minister urged the officials entrusted with the responsibility of implementing the programme, to ensure that no opportunity was missed in maximizing the impacts and benefits of the programme. It is time we take concrete steps to bring in better quality of knowledge and skills, he said. With the introduction of Right to Education Act and its coming into effect from April 1, 2010 all over the country, Rio said that everyone should clearly understand their duties and responsibilities. “We must therefore sensitize our teachers to task and challenges they are required to meet in the course of performance of their duties as teachers,” Rio said. Minister for school education and SCERT, Nyeiwang Konyak, who was the guest of honour, lauded the chief minister for his noble vision of having quality education and endeavour in making the official launching of RMSA possible. He said that certain structural reforms have been made in the SSA and RMSA management so as to ensure better cooperation with the new set-up. Nyeiwang called upon all the department officers, functionaries of SSA and RMSA (NEMS) to properly handle the new challenges arising out of these schemes. He expressed confidence that with the implementation of the scheme the educationally backward districts would come up and ultimately take Nagaland ahead in the field of education. He assured that the new management set up of NEMs would function with full transparency and responsiveness. The minister was hopeful that if the various Centrally Sponsored Schemes and programmes were properly utilized, the students of Nagaland could receive satisfactory and relevant education in the future. Welcome speech and RMSA in brief was presented by State Mission Director, NEMS, Angau I. Thou. He said RMSA launched in March 2009 was a very comprehensive centrally assisted programme and would cover all states and union territories. Officer on Special Duty of the North East RMSA, Robert Royte also delivered a short speech on the occasion. The programme was chaired by the state chief secretary, Lalthara. Vote of thanks was proposed by commissioner & secretary, school education, Mhathung Kithan, IAS. A large number of minister, parliamentary Secretaries, MLAs, besides District Education Officers and headmasters from all over the state attended the launching programme, according to DIPR.

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