Securing high marks won’t bring quality education: Minister

IMPHAL, 22nd Oct:Education minister Th Radheshyam has stated that competition among schools to produce maximum students with high marks would not bring quality education in the state. Expressing concern over pressure being mounted on children by their own parents and teachers with certain imposition to achieve their targets without properly identifying abilities of the children, the education minister said that such pressures not only affect minds but physical conditions of children. He also stressed that parents and teachers need to endorse children/students as per their desires after identifying talents/abilities.

Addressing a gathering at the 80th birth anniversary of S Madhumangol at Bal Vidya Mandir, Porompat, Radheshyam said that the current system of giving education in multi-storeyed buildings and neat classrooms without providing enough playground and huge assignments in the form of cut and paste spoil natural creative talents of children. The current system of education to score high marks and collection of maximum students who scored high marks by schools would not bring quality education, he said, adding that quality education is about improving weak students and moulding students to become good citizens.

While asserting that teachers have great role to play in producing good students and creating interest among students to go to school regularly, Radheshyam said that teachers should consider students as their own children and treat them accordingly. When asking questions in class, teachers should do it in rotation and sitting arrangement should also be made on rotational basis, he added. As part of the event, a painting competition based on folktales of Manipur was conducted and winners awarded.

In category-A of the competition, Devlash Lambamayum of St Gorge School won first prize while Martin Tongbram of Pitambara School and M Thoithoiba of Regular English School bagged second and third prize respectively. Don Bosco Higher Secondary School studentLaiphrakpam Rohit won first prize in category-B while Venish Keisham of Pitambara School and Telem Khaidem of DAV Public School respectively bagged second and third prize.

The function organised by Saheed Madhumangol Foundation was also attended by foundation chairperson S Satyabhama and former principal of Imphal Art College A Ekanta Sharma as presidium members.

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