SRINAGAR: Governor N N Vohra on Friday stressed on the need for adequate advance planning to be done for ensuring effective maintenance of public order before, during, and after the army operations.
Vohra made these remarks while chairing a meeting at the Raj Bhavan, Jammu. He was reviewing the security situation in the aftermath of the recent militant attacks in the Valley.
He called for a close coordination among all government forces while pointing to the need “for adequate advance planning being done for ensuring effective maintenance of public order before, during and after the conduct of operations”.
The meeting discussed the existing procedures for responding to militant attacks and deliberated on other important issues relating to security management in the state.
It was decided to finalise certain approaches after intensive consultations with the central armed paramilitary forces, for which the governor is fixing a new meeting.
In a separate meeting, Vohra also reviewed the functioning of school education department.
During the meeting, he was informed that 28.49 lakh students are presently enrolled in 29,292 schools in the state, of whom 16.68 lakh students are enrolled in 24,000 government schools.
The governor directed the secretary School Education to critically identify and devote sustained attention to improve the quality of school education to ensure that learning for students is made interesting and meaningful.
He was informed that salaries due to RET teachers have been paid up to January 2016 and provision is now available to fully meet the state share.
Governor directed the chief secretary to take up the matter with the ministry of human resources development, government of India, for ensuring timely availability of New Delhi’s share under SSA and RMSA to enable the state school education department to ensure that all teachers are paid salaries every month during the coming financial year.
Secretary school education informed that all RET teachers will be provided 5 day refresher training, for which a special module has been developed, through master trainers of the colleges of education at Srinagar and Jammu.
Governor called upon secretary school education to take necessary steps for time bound construction of 68 girl’s hostels which are envisaged to be constructed in blocks of the State in the educationally backward areas.
He said the exercise to look into the requirement of funds for the completion of buildings, provision of furniture and textbooks, etc should be completed by March 7 by the planning department so that adequate provisions are accordingly made in the next year’s plan to meet all possible funding requirements of school education department.
He stressed on providing adequate opportunities to the teaching faculty to enhance their competence and directed that all elementary teachers, numbering about 90,000 should be given refresher trainings, relevant to their teaching curriculum, and also provided foundation course in computers to encourage increased usage of IT and e-learning in teaching practices.
Taking note of the fact that the department has more than 22,000 untrained teachers, he directed that, in future, only graduate teachers with requisite teacher training should be inducted into the department.
Also, in view of the deficiency of science and mathematics teachers, he directed the department to reserve certain percentage of posts for these two streams while making fresh recruitments.