SRINAGAR: Describing present age as the age of knowledge and excellence, chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Monday said that the state has a lot of catching to do to achieve the benchmark level in academics.
Mufti was speaking at the inauguration ceremony of Model School Scheme at Sri Pratap Higher Secondary School.
He asked teachers to take forward the baton from the great teachers of the past by providing students quality education with the help of new tools in modern schooling.
He emphasized upon the need to adapt to modern methods of teaching to achieve high standards set worldwide.
Describing teacher’s role as far greater than that of a parent, Mufti said, they have the huge responsibility of shaping future of our children.
Mufti Sayeed, last week, had inaugurated two higher secondary schools at Basohli and Jammu as model schools under CM’s Model School Scheme. The School Education Department has allocated Rs. 16.5 crore this year for upgrading 220 schools as model schools in the state.
He said for imparting quality education, capacity building and training of teachers in using latest teaching aids is of paramount importance. “The School Education Department should organize refresher courses for teachers so that they are acquainted with fundamentals of modern teaching,” he said, while asking Director School Education, to also monitor the quality and performance of teachers in the private schools.
Calling for public-private partnership in the field of education, the chief minister said the government will lay great emphasis on enhancing employability of our educated youth by creating linkages with country’s top corporate and business firms and making college campuses active hubs of placements.
Laying stress upon regular monitoring of students’ performance, the chief minister said special correction classes should be held to fix grades of weaker lot.
Mufti Sayeed, who is also head of the State Higher Education Council, also called upon the education minister, Naeem Akhtar, to expedite up-gradation of cluster of colleges to the level of universities in both the capital cities of Srinagar and Jammu.
Speaking on the occasion, Naeem Akhtar said the department is undertaking a herculean task of reforming the education system in the state. He also said that government schools were treated like an ‘unclaimed baggage’.
He said time has come to give a sense of ownership to 24000 government schools spread across the state so that their standard of education matches the quality provided by the best and most reputed educational institutions.