Mebo: Arunachal Pradesh education minister Taba Tedir on Thursday said that the state is all set to witness a paradigm shift in the education sector this year. 

“Chief Minister Pema Khandu has declared 2021 as the year of education and accordingly our state will witness a sea change in the sector this year,” Tedir said.

Addressing a large gathering at the Government Higher Secondary School (GHSS), Borguli near Mebo, Tedir said the state would create a strong foundation for education once the National Education Policy is implemented next year.

“The policy will focus on building a strong base for education right from the pre-primary level besides focusing on teaching and learning mother tongue and local arts,” he said.

The minister further asked the school authorities to strictly monitor the attendance of teachers and said anyone found irregular or using the proxy approach to fill their attendance would be strictly dealt with.

Speaking on the need for a teachers’ quarter in GHSS, Borguli, Tedir said all requirements would be met in a phased manner.

Also present was Sports and Youth Affairs minister, Mama Natung, who appreciated the community participation of people from East Siang district in maintaining quality education in the district.

Appreciating the construction quality of the girl’s hostel, he suggested the DDSE to add cupboards for the students, besides other basic educational needs.

Natung, who is also the forest and environment minister, informed the gathering that the state government is well aware and at the same time concerned over the repeated damages caused by River Siang in the district during the monsoon.

“A technical team has already constituted to survey the flood-prone zones and a state-level committee has also been formed to look into the matter and come up with a permanent solution,” he said.

The minister said the department concerned would soon receive funds under Jal Jeevan Mission for the same.

Taking the opportunity, Natung who has been spearheading the ‘Air Gun Surrender Abhiyan’ asked the district administration to issue necessary orders to the people asking them to surrender their air guns to the forest department.

“We still have the opportunity to save our wildlife for our future generations,” he said, while adding that the forest department is working out means to compensate those who surrender their air guns.

Earlier the two cabinet ministers inaugurated a spree of school infrastructure projects at Borguli.

Where Natung inaugurated the girl’s hostel, three Type-II quarters and water supply of connection the school, Tedir unveiled its auditorium. All the projects were funded under the North East Special Infrastructure Development Scheme (NESIDS).

The ministers later visited the Government Secondary School at Motum, Government Upper Primary Schools at Ngopuk, Kiyit and Siluk and planted tree saplings.

Legislators Kaling Moyong and Lombo Tayeng, East Siang deputy commissioner Kenny Singh and other heads of departments accompanied the two ministers on the day.

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