SKM questions SDF Govt’scommitment to education Thumbs down priorities since HRDD has highest number

Gangtok, 22 Apr:

Sikkim KrantikariMorcha, at a press conference held here today, claimed that the people of Sikkim were ‘suffering due to the failure of the educational policy of the State Government as it has been practiced over the past 24 years.’

The party further said that the government lacks‘transparency and far-sightedness’ in the education sector.

Addressing the press conference, SKM spokesperson, Jacob Khaling,said that many primary schools have shut down and enrolments in government schools have fallen in the past few years.

He mentioned that although being an important department, the Human Resource Development Department has the highest number of adhoc and MR employees in the State, suggestive of the lackadaisical approach of the government towards education.

Accusing the State Government of ‘ignorance,’ MrKhaling said that poor infrastructure in many school and colleges of the State have caused the low enrolment of students.

He pointed out that Degree Colleges in Gyalshing and Mangshilaare still functioning out of rented buildings and temporary campuses even after sanctioning f crores of rupees by the Central Government for proper infrastructure facilities.

MrKhaling further contended that the Sikkim Democratic Front Government has taken the education sector 100 years back in its 24 years of the governance.

“We protest such educational system in the State and appeal the government to provide education as per the needs of the present world,” he said.

SKM student’s front chief convener, Karma TashiBhutia,while mentioning that students have been suffering due to absence of proper campus, questioned the silence of two Members of Parliament of Sikkim on the delay in the construction of the central university campus. He further said that SDF government was not serious in the human resource development.

While asserting that local students should be given priority in Sikkim University, MrBhutiasaid the party will be writing to the Centre regarding the issue. He also called on the MPs to take up the issue of SU campus in Parliament.

Regarding the Chief Minister’s announcement to provide free education to local students at the upcoming medical college atSokeythang, he stated that it was not a big announcement as other Northeastern States are way ahead in providing free education to the students.

“It is important that the government provide good infrastructural facilities along with trained professors, well-equipped laboratories and other facilities,” he added.

The press conference was also addressed by student’s front general secretaries, ZigmiDorjeeBhutia and SonamChopel and SKM publicity secretary, Abhishek Sharma.