Govt urged to plan reopening of educational institutions

IMPHAL, 5th Jul: Democratic Students’ Alliance of Manipur (DESAM) has suggested that the government chalk up strategy for reopening of educational institutions which have been shut due to Covid-19 pandemic by formulating Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in consultation with all the stakeholders to ensure no inadequacy is there before opening them.
DESAM in collaboration with MGHSLWA, CASA, AMSGO, AMCTA, AMESTA, AMSSTA, AMRPSW, ATSUM, AIMS, AMGASE and DESAM’s Co-ordinating Committee on Disturbance Free Educational Zone Demand observed the 13th Disturbance Free Educational Zone Demand Day 2020 by organising a one day academic discourse on the topic ‘Covid-19 and Education: Diagnosis and Prognosis’ at the conference hall of MIMS, Manipur University on Sunday.
The programme had IAS (Retd) Dr RK Nimai moderating the discussion with MIMS director Prof Ch Ibohal, DMCTE associate professor Kh Dinesh and AMRPSWA president Doren Kha Nganba as the resource persons.
Speaking at the event, DESAM education and academic affairs secretary Longjam Robin observed that in today’s information technology spurred society it is necessary for a society to join the development race for which education is the most potent weapon. A society can develop or crumble depending on the system of education imparted in that society. In this information age, remnants of colonisation have huge negative impact on education. If a society wants to be free of colonised education system they should get rid of the colonisers, he noted.
Robin asserted that people need to believe that only by increasing the capital of knowledge one can protect the society from the effect of colonialism. A good education system can equip a person to successfully face any challenges that one encounters in contemporary world. And as such no one should interfere or disturb in impartation of education.
Keeping it in mind, DESAM started the campaign of ‘Make Education a Disturbance Free Zone’ and carried out a rally attended by students, teachers and guardians on July 5, 2008. Since then Disturbance Free Educational Zone Demand Day is being observed every year, he added.
The secretary further stated that as schools are remaining shut since March 14, the discourse has been organised to discuss the huge impact it has had on the education system of the state and the future ahead so that it may someway help in bringing a solution to the issue.
The discourse during its varied sessions resolved that the government should initiate arrangements for reopening of schools and formulate SOPs in consultation with all stakeholders to ensure there is no deficiency in the system. Courses on entrepreneurship and skill development should be opened along with institutions which teach them.
Government should also make preparation for continuation of education for those students who have returned back to the state due to Covid-19 along with making arrangement for employing skilled people who have returned back from other states. Curriculum should be designed for post-Covid-19 and during Covid-19 after clearly studying the objective and outcome of the curriculum, the discourse resolved.
It was also agreed upon that Choice Based Credit System should be taken up for higher education and the need for reforming Manipur’s education system. The emphasis should also be on students of class X and class XII.

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