Garo hills village gets its first school

Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma unveils the foundation stone for the school building at Damdiloka village on Saturday. Picture by Saidul Khan

Tura, Aug. 20: Damdiloka village in South West Garo Hills of Meghalaya got its first school yesterday. Chief minister Mukul Sangma laid the foundation stone of the pucca building of the lower primary school in the village which is around 30km south from here.

Before the school was built, children from Damdiloka had to walk about 2km to attend the nearest school in Goragre village.

Damdiloka’s village chief said they had been asking for a school for the past 30 years. He thanked the authorities for fulfilling their long-pending demand. The kachha (makeshift) building of the school was launched in February.

Mukul said it was the responsibility of both the state and the Centre to ensure that every village gets its own school.

“It is an irony that this village got its first school only in the 45th year of Meghalaya’s statehood,” he said.

The school got financial assistance of Rs 15 lakh through border areas development for its pucca building.

Mukul reiterated his concern over the poor performance of the students of the district in the Secondary School Leaving Certificate examination. He came down heavily on the school managing committees that have been empowered to take full responsibility of the functioning of their respective schools.

“If students of private schools, where teachers get less salary compared to their counterparts in government schools, can fare well, why are students of government schools performing poorly? If the school managing committees are failing to fulfil their responsibilities, they are compromising with the future of the children,” he said.

The chief minister said the school would be a harbinger of development in the area and urged the school managing committee to ensure that the institution caters to all-round development of its students. He shared some suggestions with the school managing committee. Mukul assured the villagers that the students of the school would get proper guidance as the teachers are qualified and trained.

South West Garo Hills deputy commissioner Cyril Diengdoh said the construction would be completed within a year.

The assistant director of border areas development, Garo hills, Eva Gunme Marak, said the proposal for construction of the school building was given only two months ago. She expressed her gratitude to the government for the speedy sanction of the proposal.

News Source Telegraph India Saidul Khan

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