Min cautions against fake news after ‘assault’

Rymbui inaugurates school building in SWKH

MAWKYRWAT, Feb 23: Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui, on Tuesday, warned school students against being misled by fake news as he highlighted the recent incident where a survey team was allegedly assaulted by miscreants who claimed that they (survey team members) intended to mine minerals.
The incident took place on February 13 at Sohparu in West Khasi Hills.
The team was undertaking a survey and soil testing for setting up of the Eklavya Model Residential School when they were reportedly attacked.
Rymbui was speaking as the chief guest during the inaugural programme of Horirai Syiemlieh Memorial Higher Secondary School at Photjaud Ranthong village, South West Khasi Hills, funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) through the Supporting Human Capital Development Project.
“Don’t be confused by such news circulated on social media, which, in many cases, have misled people. If you hear anything, get proper information from the district administration as people will come to conduct survey in Mawkyrwat area before setting up of the Eklavya Model Residential School,” he said.
Informing that there were 117 schools in the state, which were built through the ADB project, he said that the main objective of the project is to provide feature-packed school building for students coupled with training for teachers.
Mentioning that the school has smart classrooms and connectivity which will enable students to access education not only from the teachers but also the internet, he expressed happiness.
It may be mentioned that the Horirai Syiemlieh Memorial Higher Secondary School was built at a cost of Rs 1.5 crore.
Besides this school, three other schools from South West Khasi Hills were also funded by the ADB.

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