Mizoram education minister Lalchhandama Ralte Credit: EastMojo image

Aizawl: Mizoram education minister Lalchhandama Ralte expressed concern about the declining number of educated Mizo youths in clearing the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) and other central services examinations.

Addressing the 18th general conference of Mizo Students’ Union (MSU) in Bairabi town on the Mizoram-Assam border recently, Ralte said that efforts should be made to have as many Mizo youths under the central service as possible.

He expressed apprehension that the Mizo people will be dominated by outsiders if more and more Mizo youth do not clear UPSC and be employed under central services.

“The Mizo youths should be awakened about the importance and value of education and they should take the challenge that they are capable of doing what other people can do,” he said.

The minister encouraged the gathering of students to work hard and put massive efforts in the field of education. He pointed out that the state government is mulling to create Mizoram education service to reform education system in the state.

Ralte said that mass inspection of schools will be conducted across the state to assess the status of the students. He also pitched the necessity of including subjects on Mizo culture and traditions in the curriculum.

Starting from October 8, MSU, the second-largest student body in the state, is holding its general conference in Bairabi.

The organisation’s general secretary Samuel Zoramthanpuia said that the student body in its business session held on Wednesday had unanimously resolved to take measure to ensure that the state has its own battalion purely Mizos to guard the border and also install better border check posts in border areas.

The student body also resolved to take steps so that a separate budget is allocated for Mizo Youth Commission (MYC).

It also agreed to take measure to ensure that substitute or proxy teachers are punished and more exam centres are opened for various competitive exams related to central service, banks and corporation.

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