Shillong: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Friday reiterated government’s commitment to overhaul the education scenario in the State.
“During 2018 election, we had made a commitment to the people that given an opportunity to lead the Government, we will accord priority to improve the education system,” he said after unveiling the statue of the founder of Sawlyngdoh Higher Secondary School – “Thomlin Suchiang” to mark the Golden Jubilee celebration of the School in West Jaintia Hills district.
During the programme, the Chief Minister also released the school souvenir.
Stating that education is one of the top priority of the Government, the Chief Minister said, “We have a challenge before us. There are legacy problems in the education system. However, we have prioritised the sector and have made an effort to slowly reverse the trend. We have large number of schools with limited infrastructure, wherein we have put thrust to upscale teaching and learning infrastructures”.
Lamenting on various bottlenecks in imparting quality education, he said, “We have many schools where students are studying without any proper infrastructure. However, this has not dithered our spirit and we are moving forward with a positive approach to ensure that we are able to transform the education system.”
The Chief Minister said that Government spends about Rs. 2000 cr per annuum for different educational purposes, which comprises of grants, salaries and infrastructure projects.
“Despite investing large amount in education sector yet we have a challenge but step by step we are trying to overcome these challenges. We accept there are problems in the education sector but we are moving forward in a positive direction,” he added.