Manipur Education Minister Th Radheshyam called on his Nagaland counterpart, Temjen Imna Along, on Monday in Kohima and discussed the managerial and administrative challenges of Sainik Schools of the country, particularly in the Northeastern states.
The ministers had a common point to understand the social, political and financial issues facing the people of the Northeastern states in the education sector.
It was arrived during the discussion that the education ministers of both the neighbouring states would jointly host a conclave of all the education ministers of the region to comprehend the challenges in the education sector, with an objective of finding a modality to address the shortcomings collectively.
Radheshyam stated that there are many common issues in the region, including the erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir, which requires special attention to bring the level of educational institutions and many institutes at par with other bigger resources states.
Radheshyam, who called on Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Sunday highlighted the financial difficulties of the small states in providing adequate infrastructure for the Sainik Schools. He also met Education Advisor of Nagaland KT Sukhalu.
While appreciating the initiatives of Radheshyam for bringing out relevant issues during the board of governors of Sainik School meeting held recently at New Delhi, Rio assured to extend all possible help to organise a conclave of all the education ministers of the Northeast states to understand the social, political and financial challenges in running educational institutions in the region.
Neiphiu Rio assured that he would write personal letters to all the chief ministers so that the central leadership can be collectively apprised of the prevailing unrest and the geographical terrains, which cannot be overcome in managing the most important faculty of education.
He also endorsed Radheshyam’s suggestion to seek a onetime grant for the construction of the basic infrastructure, including, administrative blocks, dormitory for cadets and quarters for the administrative and academic staff of the Sainik Schools.
“All the Sainik Schools in the Northeast states face financial problems and the Union Ministry of Defence should own up the responsibility of the existing Sainik Schools, which is about 30 in number,” Rio stated.
While returning from Nagaland, Radheshyam visited Willong High School, Sangkhunglung LP School, Maram Khullen High School and Maram Bazaar UJB School.
During the school visit, the minister was accompanied by district council member, Lairouching L Thomas Luba, district council member Willong, L Rangpung John, ASPD Samagra Shiksha Manipur, T Phullen, officials concerned and Maram area leaders.