Ignorance of the future – The Shillong Times

Editor,

Election time is coming up and our politicians are busy buying votes. Our voters tend to forget the hardships we endure due to the lack of accountability of so-called politicians while they are preoccupied with filling their coffers. Our politicians frequently switch parties to deceive the voters who support them in the hope of bringing about change, but forget that they are the same people who, when they took office, did nothing to address the problems. The same politician does not bring the state university, the Inland Line Permit (ILP), the job reservation policy in the private sector, the inclusion of the Khasi language in the eighth schedule of the Constitution, India, employment for the youth, etc. . which are imperatives. .
The government has also failed in its efforts to regulate private universities because most of the proliferating institutions lack the necessary facilities and requirements to qualify as universities.
Our politicians are clueless when it comes to the education sector, so instead of making changes, the government is busy planning festivals that will not improve the educational scene, but rather encourage young people to engage in activities that will reduce their ability to compete in competitive exams.
The only way to solve all these problems is for the public to vote responsibly; refuse to be fooled by dishonest politicians, and be politically aware as politics will shape and define our future.

yours etc.

Kenneth Nongsiej,

Via email

Absurd statements by the president of the BJP

Editor,

About the news, “CM can participate in the 2023 elections from South Tura” (ST 21 Nov 2022) reading between the lines of this news, the statement of Mr. Ernest Mawrie, Chairman of BJP Meghalaya on 16 Nov of 2022 that “Prime Minister Conrad Sangma is aware of the growing popularity of Bernard Marak and is afraid of losing the mandate of the peoples in Tura without foundation. Also absurd is the statement that the people of Tura and the state have already taken the decision to overthrow the PNP government in the upcoming elections.” I call it absurd because the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance is not only from the PNP. The BJP is also a partner in this government. Secondly, the statement is not factual and clearly shows that the BJP Chairman is out of touch with the realities on the ground.WR Kharlukhi, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha and NPP State Chairman has correctly stated that “BJP is trying to create something of the na gives just to project Bernard as a contender that he is not.” This creation of “something out of nothing” by the BJP president can best be explained by the following facts.
In the 2018 General Election for the 51st Meghalaya Legislative Assembly – South Tura ST Constituency, Agatha Sangma (now Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha, 2 Tura Constituency) contested the election and polled 6499 votes and won by a margin of 1603 votes against his rival. Billykid A Sangma who got 4896 votes. Bernard N Mark, who also contested the election at the time, was in sixth position securing 1560 votes. Interestingly, Bernard N Marak, now a member of the Garo Hills district council, never contested the by-election which Conrad K Sangma, the current Chief Minister of Meghalaya, won by a margin of 8,421 votes against his rival Charlotte W Momin, who got 5,235. votes. Conrad Sangma got 13,656 votes by winning in the 36 polling stations of the 51 South Tura ST constituency. Conrad K Sangma’s margin of victory compared to the votes obtained by Bernard N Marak is 4.4 times larger, while the votes obtained by him are 87.54 times greater than the votes obtained by Marak. Considering these facts and figures, the statement by the BJP President Meghalaya is indeed strange.

yours etc.

VK Lyngdoh,

Via email

pathetic state of the roads

Editor,

Through the columns of your esteemed newspaper I would like to draw the attention of the competent authorities to the pathetic state of the roads in our state. In many locations, such as Golf Links, Nongmensong, etc., the roads are full of potholes. Vehicles have to stop after a few seconds to adjust to the road so that people cannot drive their vehicles smoothly and this often leads to accidents. During the rainy season, this situation worsens as people cannot find a safer way to move while driving and their vehicles get stuck in potholes.
Some roads are so damaged that they must be rebuilt, while others must be repaired immediately. Therefore, as a resident of the aforementioned town, I request the authorities to take immediate measures so that people are not inconvenienced and also their vehicles are not trapped in potholes.

yours etc.

prasenjit dey,

Via email

A father’s worries

Editor,

It is the month of November when exams are scheduled at KJP Synod Mihngi Jowai Senior High School. As a concerned parent, I would like to clarify that Physical Training (PT) classes, which usually take place every Friday of the week, have not been held for a while, according to my son. However, in the framed calendar for the final exam of classes VIII and IX, the PT exam has been included. The question that arises here is how can teachers assess and assign grades when there were no PE classes for the whole year? Now, in addition to the PT exams, the school also has periods allocated for Social Utility Productive Work (SUPW) and the teacher assesses that work at the end of the yearly exams. Here, students usually show their creativity by turning waste materials brought from home into something useful. Such activities are generally held at school under the supervision of a teacher. This year, however, it was announced that students must complete their SUPW at home and bring it to school. It is doubtful that students will learn anything in this way. Also, it’s important to note that this particular class is your only opportunity to understand the value of working with two hands.
Lastly, I still have one more child at this school; the others have passed out a while ago. So far, there hasn’t been a single parent meeting called by the school, which is pretty strange in my opinion, especially in the post-pandemic world. As information spreads quickly along with rumors these days, it is good for school authorities to interact with parents to dispel unnecessary rumors about the school. Therefore, I request the competent authorities to call a meeting of parents so that everyone can share their views and be aware of the operation of the school.

yours etc.

a concerned father,

Name withheld upon request

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