Students of Pungro sub-division no longer have to travel to Kiphire, the district headquarter, to appear HSLC examination.
A new HSLC examination centre was dedicated at GHS Pungro on February 10 in the presence of parliamentary secretary for CAWD, Torechu, and attended by administrative officials, GBS, public leaders and village elders.
Torechu who also represents 60 Kiphire-Pungro assembly termed the occasion as a “memorable” event and one that was likely change the course of academic pursuits of students of the area.
He called upon the public leaders, GBs and the public to ensure a conducive atmosphere throughout the examination period for the welfare of the students.
He also asked the area people and parents not to get in the way especially during exams and not to encourage unfair practices as such practices may lead to cancellation of the exam centre.
Torechu further appealed the GBs, village guards and villages concerned to ensure smooth and safe delivery of both question papers and answer scripts between Kiphire and Pungro.
President of Yimchungru Tribal Council Tsesong who also spoke on the occasion cautioned that the council would take stringent action against individuals trying to adopt unfair means during matric exam. The headmaster of GHS Punro also addressed the programme.
Parish priest of St. Paul Parish, Rev. Fr. Anthony led the dedicatory prayer and pastor Yimto offered a special prayer for the students. SDO (C) Pungro John Tselie chaired the programme.
A total of 124 student’s are appearing their matric exams from Pungro centre.
On Friday, Torechu addressed the students en route for the examination hall and encouraged them to create “history” since they were the first batch to be appearing from the new centre.
He also announced cash award of Rs.25,000 to the toppers and Rs.15,000 to those securing distinction in various subjects from Pungro centre. As a mark of encouragement, Torechu also distributed pens to the students.