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Education of children in Manipur

by-Mimi K. Insi

Raising children to prepare them to master on the road to becoming a successful member of the future society is the responsibility of the parents and teachers is no doubt, generally accepted. Contributions of governments and communities to education of children , of course, is a must.

As we know that academics are important. Children need encouragement to pursue their dreams and it is the dream of every parent to see their children grow up well and become a perfect person of the society.

When an observation is made on present condition of education of children in Manipur, a large amount of efforts seems to be required to put in from the teachers and parents in upbringing children to be a good citizen of future world but it is surprising that parents and teachers are not even well acquainted each other.

We feel that this communication gap needs to be bridged up to build a better link between them and any serious problem related with children’s studies can be solved easily. Parents’ optimum involvement and active participation in children’s studies is very essential.

I believe children will be happy to know that their parents care about their studies. Their maximum involvement in learning activities makes much difference to children. Paying regular attention to their studies helps them get good attendance, do homework assignment properly, show positive attitude towards school, good behavior and show excellent performance in their academics.

Children’s academic success is more intimately related to parents’ efforts. Often, parents need to check their children’s strengths and weaknesses in all areas of the curriculum and whether their child socializes with other children or not.

In this regard, school needs to design more effective forms of communication to reach parents. Parents-teachers meeting and seminars on effective educational development programs can be conducted twice a year in the school campus. Views and opinions about education of children can be shared and exchanged. Suggestions from parents must be welcomed.

The time limit for each parent at the meeting can be about 10 to 15 minutes long. School personnel can be sent to deal with family issues when the serious matters come up in students. In this way a healthy bond between parents and school can be formed. Unluckily, such things are rarely seen in our schools in Manipur especially in government schools.

Most schools never experience what parents- teachers meeting is like. Most of the time parents are invisible. Only a few active parents who are really concerned about their children’s studies observe them at home and help teachers in the school. Children are like clay in potter’s hands. They can be molded into the desired shape the parents’ wish.

Every step of the child needs to be supervised. They have to be handled with great care. It is necessary for the parents to maintain a healthy atmosphere at home during the early year of the children. If the parents are not readily available when the child needs them, this creates insecurity in him/her.

In my school, the class performance of a student in grade-IX was not up to the grade level all the time. When he was asked why he didn’t concentrate on his studies and didn’t do the homework everyday, he answered sadly that- he stayed with his maid all the time and parents went to work in the morning and came back at night at 9 P.M.

Parents didn’t have the time to be with him. What will he learn from the maid? When he needs them, they are not there. This has led to the distancing of the parents and the children. We realized that it was not his fault. It was not the material comforts he expects from his parents but the love, affection and care that every child needs from the parents. He felt being unloved.

Because of the lack of parent’s care and supervision the child was not motivated to learn any lesson in the school. There are so many cases like this happening so often especially in metropolitan cities where the career oriented women work leaving their children under the care of their maid servant. So, it is the duty of teacher to find out why the child is lagging behind others and then inform the parents.

There are many causes of students dropping out of school. We need to bring the solution to the cause by building a strong partnership with communities groups. We all know that the major impact of the drop out rate is a rise in crime that leads to insecurity of public life and uncertain future of individuals. As we already have witnessed our society being plagued by terrorism. This is the major consequence. Such malady can be minimized when the parents and teachers are prepared to enter a process of partnership in children’s learning affairs.

Teachers can provide ideas and assistance to parents on how to help a child at home. Parents need to help the child do homework and repeat the work done in the class as a part of practice so that the child does not need to take extra tuition. At the same time child will feel being loved and cared .

All the teachers need to respond to the feelings and needs of the parents of children with disabilities. Children who are from low socio-economic status must be assisted by the school to overcome the obstacles and serious family issues faced by them. Government should give the financial assistance to the students who are from low socio economic status.

If any extra behavioral problem is encountered in any child, he/ she should not be ignored and should be taken to mentor or counselor with the cooperation of the parents. Mentoring program is also a good that many students can benefit from it. We have this program in my school too.

Every month this program is conducted. Teachers can provide information about the child’s areas of weakness in studies to parents so that the child can put in more efforts for better results with the help of parents. This can be done through personal meeting with the parents, by phone or writing a note in the child’s school diary. Students need to carry school diary everyday when they come to school because it helps them keep their time table and note down school homework. Teachers can write the important message to the parents.

This is an essential part of the school. Diary should include yearly calendar and dates of school events. School should provide this to the students. Most of the government schools don’t introduce it yet to the students. Since library is a place for education and self help, all the students should take full advantage of opportunities available at libraries.

Library period should include in the school programs of teaching in schools in Manipur. For the primary level, Class teacher needs to take the students to the library during the library periods. The teacher-librarian known as information expert will guide them and educate them about the importance of information literacy so that children can become information literate to live successfully in today’s information society.

In every locality, there needs to be a library so that local children can use the library on weekends and after school. It was an unwise act to burn the Manipur central library three years back by some people. Might be they forgot that, that is the place where the opportunity is available to all to make us become information smart people in this information age.

Besides having libraries, we need to have many extra curricular activities clubs. Children can join the activity they want after school or on weekends. The activity clubs can be run by private groups and government.

Teens loitering on the streets, in the bazaar and lanes can be given opportunities to engage to extracurricular activities because extra activities help students to make their own decisions and gain experience in a variety of areas that will enhance their future.

Moreover, it gives them opportunity to discover their hidden talents. Every society needs to shoulder the responsibility of providing a pleasant environment to the students.

Society needs to ensure that every child has access to a quality education. Sinful and dirty hands of politicians should be stopped from trying to push down the innocent children into the dark we



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Unknown persons burn down the Khongjom Standard English School recognised by Government of Manipur at Shivnagar under Thoubal district on Nov 16 2009 midnight.

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December 19 2009: Expressing serious concern over the failure of the State Education Board to submit the meritwise list of eligible students under the Central Sector Scheme of Scholarships for College and University Students, Union Minister for Human Resource Development Kapil Sibal has sought the personal intervention of the Chief Minister for issuing suitable directives to the Education Board.

According to an official source, the Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India initiated a scholarship scheme titled ‘Central Sector Scheme of Scholarships for College and University Students’ from the year 2008-09 for the benefit of students of class XII in pursuing higher studies.

The source explained that under this scheme, 82,000 fresh scholarships (4100 for girls and 4100 for boys) would be awarded each year to meritorious students from poor families for pursuing higher studies.

The eligible students are to be selected from among the students of class XII who secure 80 percent and above marks and they would be entitled to get Rs 10,000 per annum for graduation level studies and Rs 20,000 per annum at the post-graduation level.

The list of the eligible students is to be furnished to the Ministry by the State Education Board concerned.

However, in case of Manipur which is supposed to select 181 meritorious students, the Ministry has not yet received the meritwise list of the eligible students from the State Education Board, the source disclosed.

Consequently, the Union Minister for Human Resource Development has written to the Chief Minister directing the latter for personal intervention in the matter and issue suitable instructions to the State Education Board so that the meritorious Manipuri students are not deprived of this scholarship.

In his letter, the Union Minister has also pointed out that the funds not utilised in the current financial year would lapse and cannot be carried over to the next year.

Besides this, students who are not awarded scholarship in the first year would find it extremely difficult to claim in the subsequent years and this would be a great loss to the meritorious students of Manipur who would lose out on this valuable scholarship, for no fault of theirs, the source further said.

Source: The Sangai Express Imphal

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The first commercial production of LEGEND STUDIO is SCHOOL KARUSI. The story revolves around the romance of school  students in Manipur, in times of conflicts and  mayhem of closing the schools for 3-4 months.  The film  is having a universal message “LET US STUDY”




Screenplay – MOHEN NAOREM






Lead Actress – BALA


Supporting Actress – SOFIA, SUJATA

Supporting Actor – KARNAJIT, CHANDAN

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Condolence Meeting on sudden demise of Professor Naorem Sanajaoba
– To be held on 16 Dec 2009 –
– Manipuri Scholars, activists and Teachers based in Delhi –

New Delhi, 14th December, 2009

On the sudden demise of Professor Naorem Sanajaoba, a well-known social and human rights activist on 13th December 2009 due to a serious illness, we invite you with a deep sense of loss to a condolence meeting at SSS (II), JNU on Wednesday, the 16 December 2009 at 3 pm.

Born on 30th December 1946, Prof. Naorem Sanajaoba was one of the leading activist-intellectuals of our times who gave a rare blending of the outlook of an intellectual and the calibre of an activist in his relationship with various crucial incidents that erupted in the course of the history of democratic movements in Manipur.

Since early days of student life, he began as an activist fighting against social and political atrocity, exploitation and oppression. He was one of the leaders spearheading the 27th August movement in 1965, which led to the formation of All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU). Until his untimely demise, he had been Professor of Law, Dean in Guwahati University in Assam.

Trained in jurisprudence, Prof. Sanajaoba offered in many of his works and involvement sharp critiques of the operation of legal and political ways in which the people get oppressed and become dispossessed. His critiques and commentaries lead us to seeing the ways and possibility with which to imagine an alternative; to end and break with the regime of severe humanitarian crisis of rights in Manipur.

He had authored and edited about twenty books, including Manipur Past and Present (four volumes), Manipur Treaties and Documents, Right of the Oppressed Nations, Current Legal Essays, and Manipur Puwari: Kunmathoisuba Chahi Cha (the third revised edition of which was released on the same day of his departure), and also contributed many articles to reputed local, national and international journals and newspapers. His works critically engage with the contemporary issues of serious human right crisis in Northeast and other parts of the world.

We remember Professor Sanajaoba’s effort and contribution to the spirit of the democratic politics of the ‘oppressed and dispossessed’ and will remain to admire his untiring courage to defend their rights with which he continued to mark his journey as defender of human rights until he left us with his untimely departure, a loss we will never be able to repair in years to come.

Released by
Manipuri Scholars, activists and Teachers based in Delhi.

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Observance Programme of Nupi Laal (Women’s Revolt) Commemoration Day – 12 Dec 2009
– MSAD (Manipur Students’ Association Delhi) –

Memo No.: MSAD/2009-10/PR/4

The Manipur Students’ Association Delhi (MSAD) had organised an observance programme as a part of the Memorial Day of Nupi Laal (Women’s Revolt), at Delhi University Garden at around 15:00 hours. Nearly forty (40) individuals from different groups including students from Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University and other institutions attended the programme. Some senior activist members from Poirei Leimarol Meira Paibi Apunba Manipur, All Manipur Women’s Voluntary Association and Poirei Eeta Meira Paibi Apunba Lup were also present in the observance.

The programme was started with a tribute song to the martyrs of the revolt. And also, the members extended a heartiest salute to those who fought for a New Revolution and who gave an awakening to the Manipuri society in the early 20th century against the British Imperial Regime.

The programme facilitates a deep and purposeful historical narration of Nupi Laal between 1904 and 1939. The members jointly analyzed the colonial attention of the British Rule and its absolute policies of political economy of 1990s in Manipur and its surroundings. The members counted the inherent influences and the periodical participations of Manipuri Women in every socio-political and socio-economic issues and movements.

At the closing of the programme, the members extended solemn solidarity to the spirits and movements of Manipuri Women.

With regards,

Yours faithfully,
Vice-President, MSAD

Apunbana Yaipharae
(Unity is Victory)

Manipur Students’ Association Delhi
(Estd. 1971)

News source

http://www.e-pao.net , image credit Ingochouba Lukram

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Prof. Naorem Sanajaoba died yesterday in an Imphal hospital after battling a prolonged illness. With him died a good part of a radical brand of scholarship he pioneered. There would definitely be those who agree with his method and intent of scholastic pursuit and there too would be those who do not, but there is one thing all would agree about this man of letters – he is somebody nobody who has known him or his works, cannot not have an opinion of. There is one more thing everybody would agree about him, he was in love with Manipur and therefore gravely concerned with the way its modern history was unfolding. He was a prolific writer, having contributed to a wide range of journals and newspapers, as well as written books or else edited volumes, and all his writings are living testimonies to the fact that his central intellectual and emotional concern was always Manipur and the idea of Manipur past and present. Even if he cannot be remembered for any intuitively brilliant idea that can be considered his patent, the volumes that he has put together through tireless and committed scholarship, to name just the most famous of his works, the four volumes of “Manipur Past and Present”, would remain as the cornerstone for future scholars and historians to launch their own work on Manipur and the myriad and complex issues confronting it.

In this sense, it can be no exaggeration that every scholar working on Manipur’s history, in the present or for that matter in the future, would have nobody else to thank more than this maverick academician. Because of the works he left behind, young scholars now have a very convenient handle to launch their own works by agreeing or else disagreeing with Prof. Sanajaoba’s postulates and assumptions. We have no doubt too, having read a great deal of the writings of the late professor, that there would be plenty who choose to do either. Prof. Sanajaoba is somebody impossible to ignore. Indeed, there are few scholastic or journalistic works on Manipur in the present times which do not have some reference or the other to one or the other writings of Prof. Sanajaoba’s.

The IFP has had a blow hot blow cold intellectual relationship with the professor, as is evident from the near routine commentary he posted in reaction to the various editorials, articles and new reports on the website
www.kanglaonline.com. Some of these commentaries were in the nature of flattering praises, others were vicious attacks and we must add, to be honest, some of them we felt were simply inane. But as all of us who have known the professor have done, we took them all in good spirit and learnt from them too. He had an activist bent of mind and as his career graph showed, he was the torch bearer of many civil unrests in Manipur’s tumultuous modern history, beginning from his student days when he was the founding president of the All Manipur Students Union, AMSU, in the wake of the agitation now commemorated as “Hunger Marcher’s Day”, to his intense campaigns against human rights violations by the military, or his uncompromising advocacy for Manipur’s sovereign identity. This frame of mind reflected in his scholarship too. Perhaps because of this, he was always somebody who did not take criticism and intellectual challenges too well. Those who have sat with him through seminars would surely testify to this trait in his character.

It has been quite sometime since Prof. Sanajaoba’s presence began to be missed on the internet, where he routinely posted his thoughts and opinions about developments in Manipur and the world, and we could sense the pleasure he took in doing this. He had even launched a regularly updated blog spot. We had no idea why he stopped his visits on the internet until yesterday afternoon when the news that he expired reached us. The overwhelming sense at the news was not simply that of the loss of a renowned academician but of an institution. A man trained to be a scholar of law, but one who took instinctively and intuitively to history writing, and arguable came to be a better known chronicler of Manipur history than many of his peers trained for the job. Prof. Sanajaoba is no more, but his academic legacy will live on forever.

News Source

Imphal Free Press



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