New education policy to be finalized soon : Minister

Staff Correspondent

Shillong, July 5: The education policy of Meghalaya is expected to be finalized by the end of this month. Informing this to The Sentinel on Thursday, the State Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui said that the meeting slated for July 23 is scheduled to finalize the policy.

“We had around four meetings in the past three months and the finalization is expected on the date before being taken to the Cabinet for its approval”, stated Rymbui, besides adding that the implementation will happen very soon.

The long pending education policy has been pending for many years, largely due many problems related to primary education in the villages. Most of the schools are run by missionary and village institutions that are partially funded by the government through various aided programmes.

The Minister confided that that there are problems and these are related to government aided schools run by multi-fold managing committees in the rural areas. He said, “Teachers and pupils absentees are still a problem that prompted the government to frame a policy that education reaches the unreached.

Stating that the department of education has reviewed the low percentage of passed candidates in certain districts of Garo Hills, Rymbui said that he held a review meeting in Tura, West Garo Hills last week with a view to improve and motivate those involved in the outreach programme related to the rural areas.