‘Health and Edn need to be prioritised’


Health and Edn need to be
Education Minister S Rajen Singh has said that the Health and Education sectors need to be prioritised in order to establish a healthy Nation.
Speaking as chief guest on the occasion of Hindi Diwas Samaroh jointly organised by SCERT, Hindi Teachers Training Institute and Hindi Teachers Training College at Dhanamanjuri University (DMU) campus, Imphal, Rajen said if there is failure in health and education sector the future generation will have a bleak future. Good health and education are correlated, he added.
He maintained that the Education Department is one of the largest employment sectors in the State and there are still vacancies for teachers and other staff in the department. The Government is also giving priority to develop the education sector in the State for which different programs including 'School Fagathansi Mission' have been launched to speed up the development process, he added.  
The Minister explained that during recent years the number of students dropping out of schools kept increasing due to inability to afford school fees in private schools and high fees structure in private educational institutes. It is only recently that registration of students in Government schools has seen a sharp increase, he added.
He said that there is no harm in learning different languages. Apart from the steps to promote Hindi language, the Government is trying to promote Manipuri language and other dialects of the State. The Ministry of HRD has also informed to release Rs 18 crore to promote Manipuri and Meitei Mayek in the State, the Minister maintained.
S Rajen also assured to renovate the old building of Hindi Teachers Training College and to strengthen the teaching and non teaching staff of the college through new recruitments.
T Manihar Singh, Joint Secretary, SCERT; L Gambhir  Singh, Principal, HTTI, Imphal; Dr H Ibeyaima Devi, Principal, HTTC attended the occasion as presidium members.