Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma on Monday laid the foundation for the up-gradation of the United Kharkutta Higher Secondary School in North Garo Hills District.
Established in 1953 by active members of 6 villages in the area- Kharkutta, Melopara, Tengabari, Salpara, Kholaipara, and Kamagandim, the School was brought under the deficit system in 1959 and provincialized in the year 1981. In 2002, the School was upgraded to a higher secondary level. Currently, the school is in a dilapidated condition with inadequate infrastructure to fulfill the needs of students of the area.
Speaking at the foundation laying ceremony today, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma stressed that education is a priority of the Government and added, “The creation of better educational infrastructure will go a long way in giving a better atmosphere for students to avail learning facilities”.
Later in Rajasimla, North Garo Hills District, Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma inaugurated the new building of the Omed Memorial Secondary School.
Kharkutta MLA, Shri Rupert Momin was also present on the occasion.
In honour of Omed W Momin, the first Garo who converted to Christianity, the Omed Memorial Secondary School was established on 17th February 1969 by members of the village at the heart of Rajasimla village, near the Rongdal-Rongkil stream. The School was opened in 1971, received an Adhoc grant in 1974, and came under the deficit system in 1983. According to School authorities, the School will be upgraded to Higher Secondary level by the next academic year.
Speaking at the inauguration programme, the Chief Minister thanked the Asian Development Bank and the Education Department for initiating the “Supporting Human Capital Development Project” in Meghalaya that has enabled the creation of infrastructure facilities to improve the quality of education in the State.
The Chief Minister expressed his confidence and commented that through a synergistic approach, the Government will be able to reverse the trend and provide better teaching and learning opportunities.
He stated, “The onus of education should be collective and the society and the government must work together to further the interest of the students and lead them to a bright future”.
Expressing his concerns over poor pass percentage, he called for cooperation from different stakeholders to partner with the Government in encouraging children to pursue their education and see to its end. He added, “The creation of better learning infrastructure will motivate the teachers and will spark interest in the youth to complete their education”.