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Education system in Meghalaya should focus on survival skills

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

As the Board Examinations for Class X conducted by Meghalaya Board of School Education (MBOSE) comes to an end on Monday. Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate Examination will end by  April 2, next. The worries of parents and the students about their future course of action begins here, starting with the long wait for the result to the selection of streams for further studies. The state government too is burning night lamps to streamline the Education department. The Budget presented in the Floor of the House this time has a Plan outlay of Rs 227.25 crore under General Education and Rs 7 crore under Technical Education for the year 2013 – 14.

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Does Meghalaya really care about its Water Resources

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Meghalaya is known to the outside world as the wettest place on earth receiving world’s heaviest rainfall, while the ground reality is that even in Cherrapunjee the scarcity of drinking water is high.
In the state, out of 31 sources for drinking water, 28 of them have been declared as not suitable for human consumption. This was revealed through last session of state assembly; strangely till date neither the government authorities not the general public ever came out to demand for purification of drinking water or come out to create awareness on how to protect and preserve our water sources.

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MUA-II vision for Meghalaya

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Thomas Lim

The first Budget of newly elected Meghalaya United Alliance II (MUA II) headed by Dr Mukul M Sangma is yet another deficit budget that stands at Rs 526 crore for 2013 – 14. This was Dr Sangma’s fourth consecutive Budget in Meghalaya Legislative Assembly. This time few noticeable attempts to change the style of functioning of the state government are made. Most beneficial is the Education sector as their Grant in Aid for teachers have been enhanced.
In the last budget, Dr Sangma stressed on ‘Health for All’, it is only this time Health and Family Welfare department ensured availability of essential and life saving medicines to the poor. He stressed that government will adopt a policy of procuring generic medicine to increase availability of free medicine and to made it sustainable in all Health centres in the state.

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Meghalaya Entrepreneur facing hardship of authority while outsiders run Fraud Companies

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Thomas Lim

Meghalaya Police have done a commendable job in cracking down a Silchar based Kiron Jyoti Project and Developers Private Limited having their office at Dhankheti, near LIC office, for allegedly defrauding local people of about 20 lakhs rupees belonging to 150 depositors especially those from unorganized sectors.
Police have arrested three persons in this regard. They were identified as Biswajit Chakravarti of Silchar, Nupur Barua of Jail Road and Malsawui Ralte of Mawpun. While the Company’s Directors Shahi Alam Bharbhuya and Abdul Ahadraj Bharbhuya of Silchar area are absconding.

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Rural teacher grades students by stones collected from river

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Thomas Lim

The ground reality highlighted by Independent legislator from Gambegre in West Garo Hills, Saleng A Sangma, about the pathetic status of rural schools, where teacher do not take classes throughout the year is shocking. As the time comes for promotion, the students are asked to collect stones from river bed; the one who collects the most gets highest marks. Such action not only shocked the members of Meghalaya Legislative Assembly, but every individual in Meghalaya was put to shame for this particular action.
Sangma was participating in the motion moved by NPP legislator Nihim D Shira on ‘style and functioning of education department in the state of Meghalaya’ during the ongoing Budget Session on Tuesday.

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