Shillong: After Meghalaya was ranked as the worst state in the education sector, scoring 649 points out of 1000, state education minister Lahkmen Rymbui welcomed the report, calling it an eye-opener.

Rymbui said the work done by the government is not yet reflected and the numbers will improve the next report.

According to Rymbui, “Meghalaya has improved every year, in 2017-18 the score was 584, in 2018-19 it increased to 610. This year 2019-20 is 649. So last three years there is improvement and we will improve more. We know that there is a deficiency. Since 2018-19 I have spoken on three things that need to be done- infrastructure, trained teachers and how to improve the facilities of all the schools.”

He added that the govt has addressed all these issues and that in the last three years, more than 200 lower primary school classrooms were sanctioned and completed by the government.

Rymbui also lauded the CM, who has time and again put education as a priority and said that 200 govt schools will be upgraded at Rs 100 crore.

He further explained 19,306 teachers have been trained in 2020-21 under NISHTHA.

Rymbui went on to explain, in detail, about how the government is trying to improve state education. “The department will be expanding ICT and computer-aided learning to 50+ plus govt school this year. Drinking water in schools will be improved in collaboration with JJM. A portal is ready to offer the state-level online programme which will improve the volume and quality of training. 27,342 teachers’ records have been digitised with a unique teacher ID. 4,500 teachers of govt and govt aided have been trained under the ADB programme. Meghalaya Learning Enrichment in Academic (MLEA) portal is ready to offer the state-level online programme which will improve the volume and quality of training,” he said.

Recalling the Cabinet’s decision made last year Rymbui said that to streamline the education sector, the department had also amended the rules.

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