Guwahati, Jan. 10: Arunachal Pradesh has finally woken up to the need to repair and upgrade its schools, most of which were set up in the sixties.
The commitment was made by none other than chief minister Nabam Tuki while attending yesterday's annual day function of Siyom Army Public School at Aalo in West Siang district.
The stress on building/improving infrastructure has become the government's top priority in this underdeveloped but naturally rich and beautiful state, which is habituated to seeing an "exodus" of students, sources said.
They further said the Tuki-government's commitment was reflected in today's inauguration of the Rs 1.7-crore one-storied Government Secondary School at Yagrung, 17km from Pasighat in East Siang district, by education minister Bosiram Siram. Congress MP Raj Babbar was also present at the function.
The school was set up in 1965 in the district, which not only has the oldest schools in the state but also the highest literacy rate. Pasighat is over 300km from state capital Itanagar, which is around 400km from here.
According to Tapang Taloh, director of secondary education, as many as 200 schools in this group in 16 districts are being upgraded. There are altogether 1,513 government schools in the state.
Tuki, who will be laying the foundation stone of the second state university near Pasighat tomorrow, yesterday said, "Most government schools in the state are functioning with the infrastructure of the early sixties and we are committed to develop the infrastructure in all government-run schools with concrete buildings in the years to come."
"What we need today is a congenial society where we can all thrive and live peacefully and encourage the students to inculcate discipline, duty and devotion to excel in different spheres of life to be good members of the society".