Board Of Education Manipur—Imparting Excellent Quality Education For Years
The vital strength of a nation depends upon education. Manipur, which is also known as Jewel of India, is constantly improving in terms of education. Board Of Education, Manipur looks after the school education and is responsible for supervising and inspecting the syllabus, curriculum and prescribing textbooks for various classes. Schools are usually affiliated to CBSE or ICSE board, while few of them are affiliated to state board. The basic medium of education is English. However, the major concern in Manipur is the increasing number of drop outs which is comparatively higher than other states in India.
Primary to higher secondary classes are run from 1st standard to 12th, while in hill districts, primary education runs from class 1st to 5th. However, there is no provision for pre-primary education in Manipur. There are 226 government, 103 government aides and 457 private schools in the state.
Elementary Education in Manipur is offered by both private as well as government schools. School buildings, classrooms and other facilities are the main attraction in Manipur. However, there is a problem of untrained teachers at primary schools. To attract and retain students, free text books and uniforms are provided to boys, girls and SC/ST students. Midday meal schemes are also served to primary schools targeted at 227 days. Since, most of the children reach school with an empty stomach, midday meals is a step to fight with hunger and promote better learning. Moreover, to promote girl’s education, the Education board is in the process of establishing schools in every district.
Board of Secondary education was established by an Act of Manipur Legislative Assembly in 1972. 202 additional schools, 167 science labs, 95 library rooms and 224 toilet blocks have been constructed by the government under Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA). Other facilities provided are art and craft rooms, drinking water provision and residential hostels for teachers. This scheme was launched to enhance secondary education and improve the quality of education provided. Other objectives of the scheme include eliminating gender and socio-economic barriers by providing secondary education to all by the end of 2017.
Science exhibitions and seminars are conducted at state level to inculcate analytical thinking in the minds of children. Scholarship schemes were also introduced in 2009 for class 10th and 12th students. It was introduced not only to provide incentives to students opting for higher studies but also to encourage students to perform well in their examinations.
Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) was introduced to provide free and compulsory education for children in the age group 6-14 years. The scheme also aims at strengthening the existing infrastructure of schools by providing additional classrooms, drinking water facilities and toilets. Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) is a scheme to achieve universalisation of secondary education. It aims at making secondary education available to children from 14-17 years old and full retention of students by 2020.
Achievements during 2012-13
ü Growth of school infrastructure.
ü 2,33,472 free text books were provided to schools and 116 primary schools were upgraded to high schools under the RMSA scheme.
ü 1951 primary and 574 upper primary teachers were appointed so that best quality education can be provided.
ü Midday meals were served for primary as well as secondary schools children.
ü Construction of 365 new primary schools.
Objectives for the coming year
- Continuous implementation of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.
- Provision of Midday meal scheme.
- Biometric attendance system.
- Vocational education to be introduced in secondary schools.
- Residential schools in every block.
- Adventure training for students, for 10-15 days.