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Meghalaya Assembly to open its doors to students

By The Assam Tribune

Shillong, Aug 26 (PTI): Meghalaya Assembly will soon open its doors to students in an attempt to give them first-hand lessons in the running of a legislature.

Taking a cue from the provincial assembly in Ontario in Cananda where students are often invited, Speaker of the Meghalaya Assembly Charles D Pyngrope has decided to introduce a system of active participation by school students during sessions.

"Most of our young people, some of whom will someday occupy chairs in the House, do not know what goes on in the Assembly even though they read about it in school textbooks," Pyngrope observed.

The Speaker said the idea struck him when he recently visited the provincial assembly of Ontario state in Canada where students are taken periodically to sit next to the legislators and and witness the proceedings.

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