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Radheshyam finds goats, not students, in classrooms on surprise visit

The Minister made uninformed visits to some schools under Mayang Imphal and Wabagai assembly constituencies Saturday.

Manipur education minister Thokchom Radheshyam Saturday said he found goats occupying classrooms,  instead of students, in a school in Khelakhong , though the school authorities had claimed to have a “comfortable number of students”, according to a report in IANS.

The education minister, according to the report, found goats occupying two empty classrooms of a school in Khelakhong during a surprise visit.

Mr. Radheshyam said schools have been receiving mid-day meals, books, and school uniforms on regular basis from the government on the basis of false claims.

The Minister made uninformed visits to some schools under Mayang Imphal and Wabagai assembly constituencies Saturday.

Mr. Radheshyam, accompanied by education department officials, inspected three schools, which are Upper Primary School Khellakhong Khongjin, Wabagai; Uchiwa Nastad Upper Primary School and the Mayang Imphal Thana Leirensana Junior High School

It was embarrassing that students were not present in some schools and the school buildings are in bad shape, Mr. Radheshyam said. “New buildings will have to be constructed if the existing ones cannot be repaired.”

“There was no student in some schools and some teachers were also absent. The teachers will be suspended for not taking disciplinary action (against students),” he added.

The local residents reportedly told the education minister that about five years ago, there were nearly 200 students in the school at Khelakhong, while another school claimed that there were 32 students. The Minister, however, found that there were only two students.

Another school had claimed to have 72 students, although there were just 16. The headmaster had informed the Minister that, apart from himself, there were two teachers. But, the Minister found that the teachers were not in the school premises.

Although, the headmaster explained him that the teachers had gone for some work, the Minister said that appropriate action would be taken against those teachers.

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