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Rymbui rejects state ranking school infra, equit

SHILLONG:

Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui on July 20 rejected a recent report which ranked Meghalaya the lowest in the Performance, Infrastructure and Equity (PIE) Index 2020-21 in primary and secondary education.

The index was given in the paper titled “The PIE Index 2020-21: Measuring the health of primary and secondary education systems in India” published by the Observer Research Foundation recently.

“It (report) is done by a private agency and not by the Ministry of Education. The Ministry of Education had given a ranking only on the performance grading index (PGI),” Rymbui told reporters.

He, however, said what they have observed in that report is also not totally untrue because when the MDA first took over the government, it realised that to improve education in the state, the three pillars – quality education, trained teachers and infrastructure – are important. He said the main concern is infrastructure.

“As you know the infrastructure of primary schools all over the state are in a very bad shape. How do you expect the government to do online teaching or digital classrooms when there is no roof, when there is no door?” he asked.

In view of this, Rymbui informed that the state government in the last two-three years has decided to go for massive investment in the infrastructure of the government schools to improve them.

According to him, the chief minister had already announced improvement of infrastructure in over 1,800 schools.

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