Students face hardships in national common entrance test

CM moves Centre as Khasi, Garo & alternative English not included

Shillong, July 13: After  the CUET issue, Meghalaya students are facing difficulty in National Common Entrance Test as optional languages of the state like Khasi, Garo besides alternative English are not included as per the list given in Section I Language of the National Test Agency (NTA).

This has prompted Chief Minister Conrad Sangma to write to the Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Thursday to inform him that the students of Meghalaya would not be able to appear for Language 2 of Section I (33) languages due to this.


“This is creating discontent among students, parents, and  educational institutions,” the chief minister said.

In the letter, Conrad also requested the Union Minister’s intervention and direction to NCTE for the inclusion of Khasi, Garo, and alternative English in the list so that the students could excise these options and not be deprived of their rights and opportunities.

Conrad said the matter of serious concern is related to the National Common Entrance Test for the Integrated Teachers Education Programme to be conducted by the National Test Agency (NTA) vide to a Notice dated June 2, 2023.

“Alternatively, additional questions could be added to Section I Language, which would also address the problem in the immediate future, he said.

The chief minister has written the letter following the letters by the state Education Department Dated 30//2023 and 10/7/2023 ito the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE).

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