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Quality of learning on a decline in Indian schools

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Five organizations had recently submitted their report on a research they had conducted wherein they had found that 96.6 percent of children in India between the ages of 6 to14 years old are enrolled in school. In this backdrop, over 60 percent of all school children around the world – nearly 200 million girls and boys – are learning so little that they are struggling to read basic words. The research was declared as the winner of the All Children Reading Grand Challenge, a highly competitive global competition supported by the United States through the U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID, in partnership with the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and World Vision. The five organizations are– Pratham Education Foundation, PlanetRead, Pragya, Sesame Workshop Initiatives India, and the American Institute for Research.

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Our youth need exposure to explore new horizons

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
As the results of the Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) and the Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate (HSSLC) examinations 2017, were announced by the Meghalaya Board of School Education (MBoSE) on Tuesday, a large number of students are set to seek admission in schools and colleges across the state and even beyond its boundaries.
In the pursuit of the best future for their children, parents will spare no expense to ensure that the best education is given to them and towards this end, many seek admission in the top schools and colleges across the country, irrespective of the costs involved.

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Meghalaya attracting tourists in spite of unprofessional hospitality industry

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Thomas Lim
Shillong has been voted as the best destination for tourists via online voting and the infamous sex racket case involving a minor victim and many high profile personalities of the State including a sitting legislator could not dampen the flow of domestic tourists as witness through heavy booking in all hotels and guest houses in the state capital and the buzz of tourists in all the tourist spots during day time, particularly on weekends, which will surely help the local entrepreneurs for whom the last few years have not gone very well because of law and order related issues. The heat wave throughout the country has affected many, so also in Meghalaya, but for those hailing from states with much warmer climate, the relative cool climate in Meghalaya is a welcome relief.

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State CS sentenced to 2 years imprisonment, makes bail

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SHILLONG, May 22: The incumbent Chief Secretary to the Government of Meghalaya, KS Kropha has made bail after a special court sentenced him to 2 years imprisonment while announcing the quantum of sentence pertaining to the coal block allocation case involving Kamal Sponge Steel and Power Ltd (KSSPL) that he has been found guilty in.
It may be noted here that Central Bureau of Investigation special Judge Bharat Parashar convicted former Joint Secretary of the Coal Ministry, Kropha, former Coal Secretary H.C. Gupta and the then Director of the Coal Ministry K C Samaria guilty of various charges involving criminal conspiracy and under provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act pertaining to the allocation of Thesgora-B Rudrapuri coal block in Madhya Pradesh to KSSPL.

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Rahatkar slams Congress for failure to protect women and children

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SHILLONG, May 22: Opining that the Congress led Meghalaya government has failed miserably to protect women and children from crimes, the national president of the BJP Mahila Morcha, Viyaya Rahatkar said that this has resulted in a situation in the state where people no longer fear the law.
“Where is the security for women? Sexual assaults are on the rise in the state. Where is the state government and why has it turn a blind eye (till now),” Rahatkar said while addressing at a meeting of state Mahila Morcha held here.
She also expressed concerned over the increasing cases of rape against minors which the state has been witnessing from January till date.

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