Peeved at question paper leakage, CM orders SIC investigation

GAGA (Nyapin), Feb 27: Expressing disgust and exasperation over report of question paper leakage during recently held class-VIII state board examination, Chief Minister Pema Khandu without mincing any words on Sunday condemned that the committed crime was against an entire generation of state’s future citizens.

“I have taken the matter seriously and directed chief secretary to hand over the case to SIC for investigation and no one found involved will be spared. I have been told that few arrests have been made, but I want to ensure that not a single person involved go scot free,” he said.

Speaking at a function of Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya (VKV) in Kuung Kumey district here, Khandu said he felt bad about speaking about the incident before the young VKV students.

“It pains me very much that when on one hand we are giving everything to uplift the education scenario of the state, few ill intended individuals throw water over our tireless efforts.

I want to assure young students, who are the future of our state, that whatever action is required to make a better Arunachal, I will not hesitate to take, no matter what or who,” Khandu assured.

Emphasizing that the Govt’s thrust is on quality education, he said that old and dilapidated infrastructure of Govt schools are being overhauled, shortage of subject teachers is being met through recruitment by Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission and in-service training of Govt teachers.

“As a pilot project, we will completely overhaul 60 Govt schools with completely new infrastructure, one each in state’s 60 assembly constituencies,” he informed.

He, however, pointed that education quality cannot be achieved only through infrastructure development or depending solely on the Govt. He said quality education can be achieved only through community participation.

“Just as the communities of Gaga and Nyapin circle have voluntarily contributed to establishment and running of VKV school here, active participation of community members in running of schools is required to bring in quality education,” he reasoned.

Lauding the people of the area for collective decision to set up  a VKV at Gaga, he said the fruits of this decision will be reaped by the people themselves in the near future.

Khandu also lauded VKV authorities, particularly principal Pramod Kumar Gupta, for running the school successfully despite lack of facilities.

“I am quite aware that the grant-in-aid offered by the state Govt to the Kendra doesn’t suffice to efficiently run about 40 VKVs across Arunachal. But they are doing it honestly and sincerely,” he observed.

He assured that soon he will have a detailed meeting with all concerned including state’s planning commissioner to chalk out how the Govt can further help the Kendra, especially in creation of infrastructures, like academic blocks, teachers quarters, hostels, etc.

Observing that school approach road is not black-topped, he directed the agency officer concerned to start work on it immediately. This road must be black-topped within a month as monsoon season is approaching. “We will arrange funds for it but the work must begin in advance,” he ordered.

Impressed with band display by young VKV students, Khandu offered to contribute from his personal resources whatever is needed to further improve the band  performance. In the same line, he called upon all affluent officers and businessmen hailing from the area to donate from their personal coffers for development of the school.

Home Minister Bamang Felix, Lok Sabha member Tapir Gao, legislators Phurpa Tsering and Laisam Simai, and others, accompanied the CM. (PRO)

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