M-tabs to usher in revolution, empower students: Mukul
SHILLONG, Dec 12: Illustrating the statistics of the downward trends of school dropouts in the State, Meghalya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma attributed it to the collective endeavour of the stake holders for the achievements surmounting the challenges.
Speaking as the chief guest at an official programme here on Tuesday, where 25,000 students of Class-XII were given the mobile tablets (M-Tab), Mukul Sangnga said, “Notwithstanding the challenges, our collective efforts has ebled us to reduce the percentage of school dropouts.”
He said that since 2006-07, the dropout at the elementary level has come down from 30% to 9.5 % and at the secondary level the dip is from 39 % to 11%. Stating that the State has been facing lots of challenges to deal with issues of dropouts at the elementary and secondary level, the Chief Minister said, “The declining rate of school drop outs has not made us comfortable and our joint effort is to reach the zero percentage.”
Referring to the State Government’s steps to provide M-Tabs to students, the Chief Minister said that it is part of the initiative to ensure that no student is left less-privileged in the digital world. “We want to prepare our children to be to be the best or at least be at par with the best.”
On a day where he gave pep talks to the school students, Sangma delivered a subtle political statement to rope in the new voters. “All political parties will come to you with a promise and what is important is that they should fulfill the promises,” stated the Chief Minister who is leading the Congress party to strive for another tenure even as he claimed that empowering the youths through the digital formats is part of his endeavour to bring the latest of the e-world to the future generation.
While regretting that the 2015-’16 batch of students missed out due to resources constraints, he added that the revenue generated through tourism has augmented the funds and thus the government has been able to go for the M-Tab distribution scheme for the 2017-18 batch of Class-XII students throughout the State.