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18 tribal ‘dialects’ of Manipur may find space in primary education syllabus


Efforts will be made to include about 18 tribal ‘dialects’ of the state in the syllabus of Class III to IV, said education minister S Rajen Singh at 19th Foundation Day of DESAM.

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Manipur education minister S Rajen Singh on Sunday said that efforts will be made to include about 18 tribal ‘dialects’ of the state in the syllabus of Class III to IV. He opined that this will help in not only communicating amongst the different communities, but to decrease the self-interest of the communities.

The minister was speaking as chief guest of a function to mark the 19th Foundation Day of Democratic Students’ Alliance of Manipur (DESAM) held at the auditorium of Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy (JNMD) with the theme “Pedagogical shift in quality education”.

Rajen Singh further said that the society will sink, if the education system of a society sinks. He said that with the view to promote the education sector particularly in the state, the state government has launched “School Fagathansi Mission”. Under this mission infrastructures and buildings of selected government schools in different parts of the state have been improved and upgraded up to some extent during the recent months. Regular inspections of government schools and colleges are being conducted, he added.

Citing the reasons for the downfall of government schools, Rajen Singh said that regular headmasters and principals should be in place. Beautification of buildings and improvement of infrastructures are also necessary so that the students and guardians can be attracted. To control the staff and impart quality education is the responsibility of the head of the institute while keeping the school building attractive and providing adequate infrastructure is the duty of the government, he added.

He said that depending on the availability of fund for education department, the government has issued work orders for renovation and providing infrastructures to selected schools and colleges on priority basis. Teaching and non-teaching staff of schools and colleges will be recruited soon in order to meet the requirement of staff, he added.

National Education Policy (NEP) has also been introduced to bring quality education in the country. A Task Force has also been constituted for the successful implementation of NEP in the state. A mega conference will also be organized to discuss the prospects of the National Education Policy with reference to the state of Manipur, he added.

The minister also informed that the result of the recruitment of the graduate teachers will be announced within two to three days after the recruitment exam is conducted, in order to maintain transparency and select on the merit basis. Process to recruit Hindi and Sanskrit teachers will be undertaken soon. Proposal to recruit Meitei Mayek teachers has also been sent, he informed.

Minister also appealed to all sections of the society to cooperate with the initiatives of the government on the improvement of the education sector in the state.

Speaking on the occasion, DESAM president Nameirakpam Edison lamented on the education system in the state, stating that the way education is being imparted is not satisfactory.

Stating that there are severe shortfalls in infrastructure and manpower, Edison said that the students of the state are not being able to study the subjects they desire. The government should know that it will hamper in competing with the students of other countries and states.

Chingu Maichou Khongnangthaba Award 2021 was presented to Paramount Paradise Academy, Sangaiprou principal Thokchom Memcha Devi.

Commissioner Hr & Tech Education M  Harekrishna, WASEDEV president R.K. Tharaksana, HERICOUN president Longjam Ratan, DESAM founding president L Romesh, also shared the dais.

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