Dg. Rasik Mohan Chakma, CEM, CADC & MLA inaugurates school buildings

Kamalanagar, 07 June 2024: On 6th June 2024, Thursday, the Chief Executive Member of the Chakma Autonomous District Council and MLA, Mizoram, Dg. Rasik Mohan Chakma, inaugurated two newly constructed school buildings at Golasury and Ajasora-II. Earlier on 5th June, 2024, two other primary schools were inaugurated at Udalthana-II and Aratinagar.

The inauguration programmes were graced by the presence of Dg. Ananta Bikash Chakma, Executive Member, Dg. Santosh Chakma and Dgb. Sona Chakma, Members of District Councils, officials from the CADC Education Department, students and their parents, school’s staff members, local NGOs and School Management Committee members. Funded by the North Eastern Council (NEC) under the Community Development Programme scheme, each of the school buildings was constructed at an estimated amount of ₹30,87,100.

In his addresses, Dg. Rasik Mohan Chakma highlighted the significant efforts his government has made to improve educational infrastructure in CADC since 2019. He pointed out that substantial amount of funds had been allocated for educational development in CADC during the tenure of the past administrations, but the resources were not utilized effectively which left the schools in pathetic conditions.

He said his government has left no stone unturned in working for the people’s development by exploring all possible avenues. Through relentless effort, his government has been able to secure the projects from the NEC for the constructions of ten school buildings across CADC. He also highlighted several innovative measures introduced by his administration, including free distribution of textbooks, free school admission, and the provision of furniture and other essential materials to the schools within the CADC. These initiatives, he asserted, had not been undertaken by the previous administrations.

Expressing his deep concern about the current educational standards in CADC, which he described as “dangerously low,” Dg. Rasik Mohan Chakma shared his apprehensions about a bleak future for today’s school children if the quality of education does not improve. “Whatever blunder had been committed in the past should not be repeated. I urge the teaching fraternity to re-double their efforts in raising the quality of education. By learning lessons from the past mistakes, we must implement measures that safeguard our children and benefit the future of our community”, he said.

Executive Member Dg. Ananta Bikash Chakma, speaking at the program, described the new school building at Golasury village within his constituency as a valuable asset for its residents and urged the teachers, local NGOs, and community members to take proper care of the school by conducting periodic inspections to uphold its condition. Dg. Santosh Chakma, MDC, expressed gratitude towards Dg. Rasik Mohan Chakma for selecting Ajasora village within his constituency for the construction of a new school building. He urged everyone to ensure that the school building is well-maintained and beneficial to the community for many years to come.

In her short speech, Dgb. Sona Chakma, MDC, appealed to the guardians to prioritize their children’s education. She highlighted the importance of teaching them the dignity of labor to prepare them for any challenges in their future, explaining further that education is not just about academics but also about instilling values and a strong work ethic in the next generation.