Friday, June 14, 2024

Is there any room for a change in governance?


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Recently, the citizens of the state were left in awe when facts on how the government functions for the betterment of its people, unfolded.

It is indeed ironic to note that the State Education Department with reference to the former education minister Ampareen Lyngdoh, from time to time, preaches on the need to ensure that the there is a good delivery system in the field of education.

But, have they really practiced what they preached? Well, the answer is blowing in the wind as visible from the recent scam in the appointment of teachers in government lower primary schools.

“Forget about trust, can we really rely on the words and mere show of sympathy by the politicians? It is hard for the people to see through the thick and doubled-coated sheath of those in power. If only the government could ensure justice to the deserving candidates and punish the guilty”, a young student opined.

Strange but true, people in power would tend to make thousands of promises and talk big from the podium but when it comes to implementing the ideas in true spirit, a sense of moral ethics flew right out of the window.

Coming forward and offering a helping hand does sounds good for the less fortunate, but letting that hand go for some other hidden motives is like leaving them halfway but the same time making sure that the truth is hidden.

Much has been said about improving the educational set up in the state but has anyone really thought about the people who are really responsible behind shaping and uplifting the educational standard?

Guess not!!! Because if that was the case, then deserving and qualified teachers would have an upper hand over other less qualified persons.

One cannot expect that after all these unearthed anomalies, people will still be silent spectators. Soon after the scam was unearthed, it was noticed that people from various quarters have raised their voices demanding an immediate action against politicians involved in the large scale irregularities unearthed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in relation to the appointment of assistant teachers in lower primary schools in the state.

However, though pressure has come from various quarters demanding for removal of the former education minister from the Cabinet, Chief Minister Mukul Sangma (on Nov 7) instead said that his government would not interfere the high level scrutiny committee (HLSC) which is probing into the alleged irregularities.

For most of the citizens of the state, if not all, hopes that justice will be served is still hanging with the reports from the HLSC yet to be submitted.

(By Ibankyntiew Mawrie)


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