IMPHAL, July 16 - With an objective to give quality education to students, the Manipur Government has selected one school each from all the 60 Assembly constituencies to develop them as model schools.
Informing this, Chief Minister N Biren Singh said that all these schools would have similar facilities as in private schools, including smart classes, computer laboratories, open gyms, separate toilets for boys and girls and other modern infrastructure.
A sum of Rs 24 crore has been earmarked in the State Budget, while another amount of Rs 19 crore has been sanctioned by the Central Government for the mission, he added.
The Chief Minister was speaking at the annual prize distribution ceremony of the Department of Education (Schools) and the Board of Secondary Education, Manipur (BOSEM), for 2018 and 2019 here.
Education Minister Th Radheshyam, Joint Secretaries (Education) L Nandakumar and Ng Roben and BOSEM Secretary Chithung Mary Thomas also attended the function.
In all, 209 awards were distributed today, out of which 125 awards were under the BOSEM and 84 were incentive awards instituted by the Department of Education (Schools).
In his speech, Biren Singh also stated that the overall pass percentage of the matriculation examination this year touched an all-time high of 74.69, which is the highest since the establishment of the Manipur board in 1972. Credit for this goes to hard-working teachers, he added.
Stating that as private school education has become very costly nowadays, a sum of about Rs 45,000 to Rs 60,000 is spent per student every year on getting education in private schools, he said, adding that this puts a huge financial burden on poor families.