Shillong: The low pass percentage of this year’s Secondary School Leaving Certificate Examination in Meghalaya has raised several questions.
Disappointed with the numbers, education minister Lahkmen Rymbui said that the state government is doing its best to bring up the numbers and have even assessed this internally.
Rymbui said that the minimum pass percentage is from Garo Hills region and that is not worrisome for the first time.
“In the plain belt of Garo Hills, there is a dispute between the managing committee. There has been so many cases that have reached the HC for the formation of the managing committee; there is no unity. There is a dispute between one group and the other, either between the teachers or the managing committee. This maybe one of the reasons that has contributed to the low pass percentage, mainly in the plain areas of Garo Hills,” said Rymbui.
This is a wake-up call not only for government but also for the institutions and society as a whole, he said, adding that everyone must work together to help the government to streamline as much as possible so that students should not waste a year.
Rymbui emphasised that one should not look at it only as failure but also as a waste of a year of studies for the student.
When asked if the government should focus on giving affordable education, Rymbui said that education in Meghalaya is affordable because many of the schools are sponsored by the government whether ad hoc, deficit or government schools.
Rymbui added that education is top priority of the government of Meghalaya, especially the ruling government.
“The honourable chief minister has taken keen interest in giving education top priority. I have faith under the chief minister’s leadership that by 2022, the education landscape, both in terms of infrastructure and quality, will be improved,” said Rymbui.