Two newly constructed school buildings inaugurated in SWGH.


Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma on Monday inaugurated the newly constructed building of Garobadha Secondary School and Rangsakona Higher Secondary School in South West Garo Hills, in presence of Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui, and MLAs Zenith M. Sangma.
Both the new buildings were funded by the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) “Supporting Human Capital Development in Meghalaya” at an amount of Rs. 1.85 cr for Rangsakona School, while Rs 3.09 cr. for Garobadha School.
The Asian Development bank in 2014-15 sanctioned $100 million (INR 650 cr) for the construction of 117 schools as these two school buildings are part of that project created in the 11 districts of the state. It may be mentioned that the project was initiated by the previous Dr. Mukul Sangma-led MUA 2 Government.
To bring about improvements in secondary education and vocational training, ADB provided a $ 100 million loan in 2014-15 that aims to improve secondary education and vocational training in Meghalaya so students are better equipped to find high-quality jobs after graduation.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma thanked the Education Department and the ADB for taking up the ‘wonderful’ project in the State. Informing about the Government of Meghalaya initiative to upscale educational facilities from the elementary level, the Chief Minister said, “In the current financial year, we will renovate at least 200 LP schools in the State. For each LP school, we have allocated Rs. 40 lakh for the renovation. In a phase-wise manner, we will cover around 800 schools in the next three years,” the Chief Minister said.
Lamenting on the lack of poor educational infrastructure facilities in the State, the Chief Minister lauded the effort of the Education Minister and the department for conceptualizing a project to upscale educational infrastructure in the State. Informing that there were more than 2000 government LP schools in the State which require urgent attention, he said, “Due to financial crisis over the years, the LP schools were never renovated or extended. However, our government has decided to accord required attention to such schools, so that we can create an enabling environment for the children”.
Meanwhile, the Education Minister in his speech focuses on poor pass percentage in the secondary and higher secondary level.
Talking on the poor pass percentage in South West Garo Hills, Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui said, “Out of 100, 74 students fail in South West Garo Hills… the question is why we have formed a committee to study the reason for poor pass percentage and have diagnosed the matter. We are currently devising a strategy to fix the problem. The problems cannot be fixed only by the Government, we have to work together to overcome this issue and improve the education in this part of the State”.
Local MLA Zenith Sangma said under this project five schools were selected for his constituency as the priority for selection was block wise.
“Rangsakona constituency is very fortunate because even in the constituency of the then Chief Minister, only three schools were selected, but five of our schools were selected because the schools were allocated block-wise,” Zenith said.
Further, he added, “When I became an MLA for the first time there were no school buildings. Then in 2006-07, an estimate was made for Rs. 70 lakh and though the plan and estimate were for 70 lakhs, one part was constructed for 15 lakh and then another in 2013-14 for 25 lakhs.”
“In 2014-15, when ADB funding was assured, the entire building was able to be constructed,” he said.
The students of the schools performed various cultural programme during the occasion.