Williamnagar, Sept 16: Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma on Saturday said that government has not been able to provide access to quality education as it has to fulfil the mandate to provide free and compulsory education.
“We have the onus of tackling school dropouts, which has remained the prime focus of the government”, he said, while laying the foundation stone of Science Block at the premier educational institution of Garo hills – Loyola College, Williamnagar in East Garo Hills.
Mukul underscored the need to forge partnership with likeminded educational institutions to provide quality education to usher an era of positive development of the youths. “We have miles to go forward to look back and rejoice the sense of accomplishment as the government has been responding to the call and need of education in the state”, he said.
The chief minister also said that there has been inherent problem with respect to education and the government was making all its effort to overcome it. “We have to further proceed to reach a stage, where we can actually claim that we are one of the developed state”, Mukul said.
The students of Loyola College, Williamnagar performed an operetta of a popular play titled ‘Annie’, a broadway musical based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie, which was witnessed by Mukul and education minister, Deborah Marak.
“We are not giving due weightage to co-curricular activities, which is of utmost importance”, he said, while making an announcement that government would encourage organisations and individuals, who would like to promote drama in the state of Meghalaya.
“Drama as a weapon of transformation can instil good qualities and virtues”, he added, while informing that the government has chalked out a plan to ensure that the surrendered rebels were engaged in art and drama, so that they can overcome the rebellious nature in them.
The chief minister lauded the student of the Loyola College, who performed the play with its original dialogue and screenplay. He congratulated Loyola management, who had taken the onus to introduce drama for the students, which will play a vital role in building positive attitude and focused mindset.
The chief minister asked the educational institutes of the state to empower the youth with skill-based knowledge, so that they are able to overcome the challenge of job space. “We are confronted by the challenge of the circumstance, where job space is limited. The education institutes should empower the youths with skills and direct them with different opportunities for employment”.
He stated that there were lot of job space available for career in Meghalaya and Garo hills in particular and the youth have to identify and look for spaces, where they can fit it. He motivated the students to look for spaces, where there is less competition, so that they are not confronted with frustration.