Meghalaya: Teachers experiencing the toughest challenges amid COVID-19 pandemic, says Rymbui


SHILLONG | Sept 5, 2020:

Teachers are experiencing one of the toughest challenges given the COVID-19 pandemic, said Meghalaya Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui on the occasion of Teachers' Day on Saturday.

"But the pandemic has also provided the teachers to learn new skills through online teaching. The world is moving fast and digital learning is the way forward," Rymbui said while addressing the gathering during an official function held at Shillong Public School.

He observed that the future teacher should stand prepared, adding that the Education Department will try its best to streamline the education system.

While stating that teachers will have to prepare themselves with the new 'education policies' of the Central and State Governments, Rymbui expressed hope that they will rise to the challenge and adapt to the changes.

Rymbui also congratulated the awardees and teachers across the state for their dedication and selfless service towards the student community, especially with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The occasion also recognised 13 teachers who were handed the State Award for Teachers and three others who were given the District Award for East Khasi Hills.

Meanwhile, the Principal Secretary in-charge of the Education Department, D.P. Wahlang, lauded the teachers' service to the Department, the state and society.

He said that because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the state government has started many initiatives such as online classes and home teaching method in rural areas where connectivity is a problem.

Wahlang informed that besides redefining the academic calendar from Class 1 to Class 12, board exams will be conducted with a 30 per cent truncated syllabus, the details of which will be made public within the month.

They also handed a special award for teachers teaching in inclusive schools out to Nostina Thein of the Mary Rice Centre for Special Education.

Akin Ryan Mawphlang of H .L. Mizo Secondary School bagged the award for Best Scout Master and Banylla F. Swer of Shillong Headquarters was awarded the title of Best Guide Captain.

They also awarded nine teachers for their involvement in DIKSHA or digital learning – an initiative by the Ministry of Education, Government of India.

This day was also celebrated at Dekachang Community Hall in Resubelpara, North Garo Hills (NGH) today in the presence of Meghalaya Legislative Assembly Deputy Speaker, Sh. Timothy D. Shira and NGH Deputy Commissioner, Sh. Sibhi C. Sadhu.