Cabinet nod to education policy

SHILLONG: The Cabinet on Friday approved the Meghalaya State Education Policy 2018 that will give stakeholders a road map for improving the sector.
Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui told reporters after the Cabinet meeting that 230 individuals, associations and teachers have given suggestions for improving the policy and “these are being scrutinised”.
The government had put up the draft policy in the public domain for views and suggestions.
Rymbui said a 24-member task force was constituted and the team met on many occasions.
“The policy took shape after a lot of deliberation and exhaustive work, which include suggestions of stakeholders. The policy tries to address the main issues and concerns facing the state today and attempts to provide policy options for the state government based on best practices and research driven interventions,” he explained and added that the government has envisioned a “learner-centered education”.
The final policy covers broad areas like vision, overall goal, goals for the development of early childhood care and education (ECCE), elementary, secondary and higher secondary and teachers’ education.
These are further detailed under ECCE, elementary, secondary and higher secondary schooling, open schooling, governance and management of schools, science and
mathematics education, assessment and examination process, teacher recruitment, the DERT, pre-service teacher education, teacher education institutions, Meghalaya School Improvement Programme and regulation and determination of fees, among several others.

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