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Published on Tue, 14 Jan, 2020 Both

Imphal, January 13, 2020 (DIPR): Education Minister Dr. Thokchom Radheshyam today visited the Jiribam Higher Secondary School, Lalpani Government High School and Aglapur Government Primary School of Jiribam. Accompanied by the MLA Jiribam A/C Shri Ashab Uddin, ZEO Smt. Thoudam Amurashi Chanu and officials concerned the team inspected the prevailing conditions of the schools.

The Minister interacting with the teachers, students and guardians said that the school is the place that will shape the future of the children. It is not just the responsibility of the teachers and concerned individual to keep the schools protected. He emphasized that it is to be carried out in team with support from locals. School should be regarded as the worshiping places where children of all castes and creed come to earn knowledge. He added that any developmental work in school needs to be made sure that the construction works maintained the quality.

The preceding day the 12th January 2020, the Education Minister was at Cachar, Assam to attend Diamond Jubilee Celebration of Singerband High School, Singerband. On the occasion he was highlighted about the need for inclusion of Manipuri language in the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) examinations by the Manipuri speaking community in Assam. He assured that on his return to Imphal he will apprise the matter to the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Manipur Shri N. Biren Singh and his cabinet colleagues for necessary steps.

During an interaction with the students he was apprised of the newly enacted rules of the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) examinations. A screening test is conducted by the APSC thereby including some major languages. The job applicants in Assam have to qualify in one of the prescribed languages by the APSC. The grievance and the genuine concern is that Manipuri language is not included in the list. There are large numbers of schools in Assam with Manipuri language as a medium of instruction.

He mentioned that if necessary a delegation from Manipur will be sent to Assam to highlight the grievances of the Manipuri speaking community in the state.

The minister gave a patient hearing to the gathering, particularly to the teachers and students who highlighted the imminent challenges facing the syllabus in all the educational institutions that are learning Manipuri in Bengali script till today. The students’ community drew the attention of the Education Minister by elaborating that they will not be able to join any services outside Assam as the script for teaching and learning Manipuri is in Bengali script and not in Meitei/Meetei Mayek.

Dr. Thokchom Radheshyam assured that he will immediately consult with the Manipur University to find a means to intimate to all the universities and educational institutions regarding the script which is now being adopted as the script for the Manipuri language instead of Bengali scripts.

The programme was attended by Dean, Rabindranath Tagore School of Indian Languages and Cultural Studies, Assam University, Silchar, Prof. W. Raghumani Singh, Former Director JN Manipuri Dance Academy & Air Imphal, Shri Dillip Mayengbam, officials concerned, teachers, students and locals. Later the Minister visited Emoinu Festival 2020 at Kamranga Bond  organised by Emoinu Evergreen Society. (DIPR)