IMPHAL, Sept 5 - The Teachers� Day was widely celebrated in the State today. On the occasion, eight government school teachers received State awards.
Chief Minister N Biren Singh and Education Minister Th Radheshyam attended the State-level function held here. H Gyan Prakash, Commissioner, State Council for Educational Research and Training; Kh Raghumani Singh, Commissioner, Higher and Technical Education; T Ranjit Singh, Commissioner, School Education; Th Kirankumar, Director, Schools, and W Malemnganba, Director, Higher and Technical Education, also attended the celebrations.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Biren Singh said that the purpose of celebrating the Teachers� Day is to show gratitude and respect, and give recognition to teachers for their selfless service to nurture the pillars of the nation.
The Chief Minister said government schools had recorded the highest pass percentage of 74.6 in the matriculation examination this year since the establishment of the State education board in 1972. He also stated that around 1,000 school dropouts had been readmitted to government schools under the �Lairik Tamhanlasi� mission. Under the �School Fagathansi� mission, pre-nursery classes will be launched in 60 schools across the State. Under the �School Fagat-Hansi� mission, the Government aims to give renewed thrust to the improvement of government schools in 60 Assembly constituencies of the State.
In his speech, Education Minister Th Radheshyam said that teachers play a vital role in nation building. He stated that every school in the State would have a �No School Bag Day� for classes I to VIII on every Saturday to ensure that students take part in extracurricular activities, games and sports, etc.
The eight teachers who received the State awards today are Waikhom Ritabai Chanu, Arambam Rajmata Devi, Ayekpam Sangeeta Devi, Aribam Indubala Devi, Longjam Manglembi Devi, Hemam Rajen Singh, Hena Singsit and Mayanglambam Manglem Singh. There are reports of celebration of the Teachers� Day at various other places in the State.