SLYA’s winter coaching concludes

Gangtok, 03 Feb:

Free Winter Coaching organized by the Sikkim Lepcha Youth Association [SLYA] for underprivileged students from all over the state concluded on 02 Feb. The valedictory function of the coaching classes which had begun on 10 Dec last year was held at Tashi Namgyal Secondary School auditorium on 02 Feb.

A press release informs that this year there were 398 enrollments in the coaching camp, both Class X and XII combined. Twenty-two experienced teachers volunteered to help the students with their board exam preparations which is scheduled be held in March.

The valedictory function was attended by Human Resource Development Department Advisor, OT Lepcha as the chief guest along with Principal Secretary [HRDD], GP Upadhyaya, department officials, SLYA members and students.

Various cultural dances, poetry recital and other items were performed by the students. The programme also highlighted the contributions of various well-wishers of the Association and its activities throughout the year.

Principal Secretary [HRDD], GP Upadhyaya was also felicitated by SLYA for his support and guidance in organizing the coaching camp. Similarly, volunteer teachers of the coaching camp were also felicitated with certificates of appreciation.

The chief guest, in his address, talked about quality education and various government initiatives to ensure quality in the education system of the State. He also emphasized on the present reservation system and confusion in various reservation quotas.

Expressing gratitude to the organizers, teachers and the students, he stressed that the state government has always supported such noble endeavors. Further extending his best wishes to the students for their board examination he urged them to work hard and try to rise above from the reservation system.

Mr Upadhyaya congratulated the Sikkim Lepcha Youth Association for successfully conducting the winter coaching classes since many years. He also touched upon the present decision of the HRDD in revising the school calendar, and stressed that the decision made by the department is student centric and would benefit the students. Further, he encouraged the students to work hard for their upcoming board examination.

SLYA president, Ongden Tshering Lepcha, in his address, touched upon various issues from reservation system to political representation, education and employment.

He thanked the state government for bestowing special status to Lepchas as a primitive tribe of Sikkim. He stressed that the present reservation system i.e Primitive Tribe and Bhutia-Lepcha reservation quota is confusing the Lepcha community.

He also hinted at some complaints received by the organization regarding administrative discrepancies in providing proper reservation to Lepcha candidates.

He requested the Lepcha representatives in the state government to take up the issue with concerned authorities in order to avert further confusion. The organization also made a special reference to Housing and Buildings Minister, DT Lepcha and thanked him for all the support to the organization.