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Manipur CM launches ‘School Fagathansi’ to improve education

Correspondent IMPHAL, Aug 17 | Publish Date: 8/17/2019 12:18:45 PM IST

Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Saturday launched his government’s latest mission ‘School Fagathansi (Lets improve schools). 

Laying of foundation stones for improvement of 60 government schools under ‘School Fagathansi’ mission at different places across the state marked the launch of the new mission of the BJP-led coalition government.

The main launching 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 conferencing. 

During the interaction, he directed the “School Fagathansi Mission Management Committees” to work sincerely and ensure completion of improvement works within three months. Singh said that the state government was giving serious thrust to improvement of education system of the state and appealed to the government teachers to work with dedication. He asked the teachers sending substitutes to immediately stop such malpractices.

Like in Manipur police department, he said, the state government was in active consideration to install biometrics attendance machines in government schools to ensure presence of teachers at their posting places. Singh said that the state government had taken up the initiative of ‘School Fagathansi’ mission to give a renewed thrust towards overall improvement of government schools in terms of physical and manpower infrastructural gaps and also to increase enrolment in  government schools.

He stressed that feedbacks gathered through his government’s ‘Go to Village’ and ‘Go to Hills’ missions had been an important input for the government to mend certain gaps and factors hindering development in the state. 

Economic condition of common people has not 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.

The chief minister appreciated state education minister, education (s) department, teachers and general public for their efforts and cooperation in making the initiation a success. 

He also said that around 2200 teachers/lecturers had applied for posting in the model schools selected in all the 60 Assembly constituencies under the mission.

He informed that adequate number of motivated and committed lecturers/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 three years,” he said. 

Additional infrastructures like classrooms, decent school campus, sufficient school furniture, out-door 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 expressed satisfaction that most of the MLAs has shown willingness to contribute some portion of their Local Area Development Funds towards improvement of these schools. Meanwhile, a proposal for financial assistance had been submitted to the North East Special Infrastructure Development Scheme (NESIDS) for infrastructure improvement of  around 2000 government schools of the state as well, he added.

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.

State chief secretary Dr J Suresh Babu, additional chief secretaries, Dr Suhel Akhtar and Letkhogin Haokip, principal secretaries Rakesh Ranjan and Vumlunmang Vualnam, commissioner (education) and officials of education department were among others who attended the launching function.

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