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Over 3,000 state students await admission in Class XI

SHILLONG: Over 3,000 students, who cleared Class X exam from different institutions, are left out this academic year though they had applied for admissions for Class XI in various government higher secondary institutions in the state for Arts, Science and Commerce streams.
However, the State Education department has already stepped in to ensure that the students are in the class rooms soon.
As many as 2832 students did not get admissions in Arts stream in the Government run higher secondary educational institutions.
The number of students who did not get admission in Science, commerce is 353 and 143 respectively.
The total number of students who are yet to get admissions in Arts, Science and Commerce streams are 3328.
Deputy Chief Minister in charge education RC Laloo said that construction of additional classrooms and appointment of contractual teachers will be initiated by the government to accommodate the left out students.
“We want to ensure that the students get admission at the earliest”, he said.
For the appointment of 82 teachers (73 assistant lecturers and 9 contractual laboratory assistants) and to construct additional class rooms and labs, the financial implication would be Rs. 2.5 crore (Rs 2,05,20,000) .
In Tura Government Boys Higher Secondary School and  Government Girls Higher Secondary School, the students who applied for admissions were 1533 (Arts),319(Science) and 144 (Commerce ). Out of this, 933  are left out without getting admission in Arts, 41 in Science and 74 in Commerce.
In Mendipathar  Government  Higher Secondary School, as many as 237 students did not get admission in Arts and in  Williamnagar Higher Secondary  School, the number  is 413.
In United Kharkutta Government Higher Secondary School, there are 69 students who are left out though they had applied in Arts subject, while the government  is yet to get the records from Resubelpara Government Higher Secondary School.  In Jowai Kiang Nangbah Government Higher Secondary section which delinked  from the College, there were 1675 applicants in Arts, 420 in Science and 168 in commerce, out of this, 1048 students did not get admission in Arts, 253 in Science and 69 in Commerce.
In Government Girls Higher Secondary School Jowai, the number of applicants were 212 (Arts), and 94 in Science. However the left out students are 132 (Arts) and 59 (Science)   Last month, a high level meeting to discuss the shortage of admissions was chaired by Chief Minister Mukul Sangma along with Deputy Chief Minister, in charge Education. During the meeting,  the State government decided to earmark additional allocation of Rs. 3.5 crore besides appointing 102 assistant lecturers and 11 laboratory assistants soon on contractual basis to bridge the gap at the +2 level.
Another decision was to carry out repair works in all educational institutions which have been impacted by calamity through disaster relief fund to ensure continuity in teaching and learning.
The overall pass percentage of SSLC this year is 54.10 and there is a marginal increase in the pass percentage compared to 2015 (53.11).
An official with the education department said that it was due to the increase, though slight, in the pass percentage of SSLC that there is rush for admissions to Class XI.
Moreover, with the ban on coal mining, youths who were earlier engaged in mining activities are now taking steps to concentrate on higher education, the official added.
The official also said that within three months, the government will ensure that the left out students get admissions and sit for classes.

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