M’laya govt asks panel to draft education policy within 45 days

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SHILLONG, May 15 (Newmai): A 21-member ‘task force’ has been given a timeframe of 45 days to finalise the draft Meghalaya State Education Policy and submit this to the state government.

The task force, which was notified on March 21 last and headed by the education minister Lahkmen Rymbui, has been tasked with the responsibility of studying the draft state education policy.

“Chief minister Conrad K Sangma has given us 45 days to complete fine tuning of the policy before it is being place before the state Cabinet,” Rymbui informed after the first meeting of the task force held in Shillong on Tuesday.

He also said that he was optimistic that the task force would be able to complete the process within the stipulated timeline.

He informed that the members of the task force who are mostly educationists and academicians have given their valuable suggestions that can help the government in fine tuning the policy.

“I really appreciate the members as each member has some unique ideas,” he said. Rymbui further stated that the state education policy is a complete document for the education sector in the state and it seeks to address the various issues that are there right from the primary to the higher level of education.

On the other hand, Rymbui informed that the draft policy does not mention regulating fee structure and others by the private institutions in the state.

“However, we are waiting for inputs on this,” he said while stating that the government is working on the proposal to enhancing the students’ scholarship.

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