Tura, October 20 : Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma said that the youth are the State’s greatest assets and resource, and the Government is committed to ensuring that their potential is harnessed to its optimum.

“It is our duty as a Government to ensure that we keep the youngsters right at the centre of what we are trying to do for our State,” he said. He added that the Government is moving away from a scheme-based approach to governance, and is instead focusing on keeping the youth at the forefront of decision-making.

“It is the responsibility of all the stakeholders involved to play their part in ensuring that every young person is nurtured and guided to become productive, committed, patriotic, discipline and God fearing Citizens, he said while addressing at the Golden Jubilee celebration of the Meghalaya Board of School Education (MBoSE).

The three day grand celebration of the MBoSE which concluded yesterday was also attended by Education Minister, Rakkam A Sangma, Chief Secretary D.P. Wahlang, amongst other dignitaries and officials from different parts of the State.

“Meghalaya is a small State as compared to other states in the country like Uttar Pradesh; so, in order for the State to be at the crest of success and development, we have to make sure that we produce quality personnel in order to compete and contribute for the growth and development of the State,” he remarked, while enlightening the gathering on the State’s ambitious plan to be amongst the Top 10 states in the country.

He acknowledged the contributions of the founder and the leaders, who despite several challenge had conceptualised to start the board in 1973, while the State was young after being carved out of Assam.

“I would like to pay tribute to all our leaders who have sacrificed a lot to make life changing decisions with numerous challenges as well as with limited resources at that time, to make MBOSE reach such a milestone. It is indeed a momentous occasion and would like to congratulate everyone who have made it possible for MBOSE to celebrate 50 years of its functioning and existence”, he added.

The Chief Minister also spoke about the challenges facing the education sector. He said that the Government is committed to improving the infrastructure and learning curve in both the elementary and higher secondary sections.

He urged all stakeholders involved in education, including administrators, teachers, students, and parents, to strive to develop young persons who are nurtured and guided to become productive citizens.

Education Minister Rakkam A Sangma said that there is no precise device to measure the quality of an individual other than through education. He said that he looks forward to the leadership of the Chief Minister in furthering the development of education in the State.

Chief Secretary D. P. Wahlang, said, “The journey of MBoSE has been a long like a football match. At halftime MBoSE was restructured in 2006 since its inception in 1973. Now at 2023, we are celebrating 50 years. The first board exam of MBoSE took place in 1974 and less than 3800 examinees and has had a quantum jump more than 80,000 both in the Secondary and Higher Secondary Exams.”

He further pointed that our literacy rate changed dramatically from 24.49% to 80 % till date with the increase in educational institutions from 40-50 to 2923 schools affiliated to MBOSE of which 18166 are secondary schools and 421 are higher secondary schools.