Govt schools struggling to cope with demand

Jowai, Sept 15: Students from the Jaintia Hills region of Meghalaya are in a dilemma with higher educational institutions run by the government not being able to accommodate them.

This issue was brought to the fore today during a meeting between the education cell of the Jaintia Students’ Union (JSU) and the principals of government-run institutions such as Kiang Nangbah Government College, Government Boys Higher Secondary school and Government Girls Higher Secondary School.

During this meeting, it was found that these government-run institutions are completely saturated and cannot accommodate any more students. “This presents a very difficult dilemma for the students, especially those who come from weaker economic backgrounds and who cannot afford to pursue education in private educational institutions,” the education secretary of the JSU, Eddy K Pohtam said.

He also informed that as of now, 1700 students have been left out of the ambit of education because of the lack of seats in these educational institutions run by the government.

The JSU has demanded that the government comes up with a quick solution to this problem and has suggested measures such as extra morning or evening shifts for the Class XI and XII students, especially those from the Arts stream.

Meanwhile, the JSU has urged the students not to lose hope while assuring them that it will pursue this matter with the government till a solution is found.