Secretary School Education, Farooq Ahmad Shah, today convened a meeting of education department in District Pulwama to review the educational scenario and the progress of various educational projects under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA).
He was accompanied by District Development Commissioner Pulwama Ghulam Mohammad Dar, Director School Education Kashmir, DR G N Itoo, Project Director, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Abdul Rashid War, Director RMSA Tufail Matoo , CEO, ZEOs and Principals and Head Masters of all the schools and other concerned officials of the education department of the district.
During the meeting, CEO Pulwama, through a power point presentation gave a detailed account of the functioning of the education sector in the district. The meeting was informed that there are 70 High Schools, 30 Higher secondary schools, 04 colleges and 01 DIET centre.it was also given out that out of 328 approved buildings for Primary Schools under SSA , 322 have been completed. While in case of middle school blocks out of 73 buildings, 72 have been completed. Under RMSA out of total 18 approved buildings, 10 have been completed while 04 are under construction. Further there are 09 and 06 functional ICT centres and vocational centres respectively.
Secretary School reiterated that government has prioritized education as prime focus with launch of numerous reformative measures in this regard. A discernible transformation is being witnessed in all parameters of education with a notable development in infrastructural edifice and related facilities in educational institutions of the state.
He emphasized the need of involving all stakeholders including Village Level Education Committees, parents, teachers and officers of civil administration in further streamlining of this vital sector on which the onus of building a strong and developed nation lies.
The Secretary stressed on time bound completion of the vital projects and asked the officers to work with added zeal and in coordination to change the educational scenario of the State.
Shah also exhorted upon the heads of the institutions to organize quiz competitions, cultural programs, and impart moral values in the schools along with general awareness initiatives like celebration of annual day events etc.
Speaking on the occasion, Director School Education, Dr. G.N. Itoo exhorted upon the concerned officers to ensure that all these centres of learning are equipped with enhanced basic facilities. He stressed upon the importance of regular and effective monitoring of functioning of the schools especially in rural and hilly areas for better outcome and asked the CEO and ZEOS to regularly monitor their functioning.
He asserted upon all the heads of the institutions to ensure utmost discipline and punctuality among the staff members and students besides paying heed towards maintaining hygiene and cleanliness in the institutions of learning.
Speaking on the occasion the DDC Pulwama Ghulam Mohammad Dar said that the present dispensation is making concerted efforts to perk up the education system in the State. He stressed the teaching community to redouble their efforts so as to help produce students that are an asset for the State. He said the education sector is the most important and priority sector for developing and grooming the future generation of the State. He also asked the officers to ensure judicious, optimal use of the available resources in the said sector to provide the proper feasible academic atmosphere to the students.
Later on Secretary School Education Farooq Ahmad Shah held an interactive session with students of District, during RU-BA-RU event. The students put forward their questions regarding issues like shortage of teachers; need to introduce more subjects, improvement in infrastructure, and establishment of counselling cells.
Shah impressed upon teaching staff of Educational institution and ZEO’s to improve results in annual examination. He also announced that those schools that perform well will be rewarded and those who will show dismal performance will taken seriously. He also announced that dedicated teachers will be awarded with cash prize along with citation.
Farooq Shah also distributed the trophies and mementos among the students who had participated in science quiz competition organised by the education department.
Earlier Director School Education, G.N.Itoo and DDC Pulwama Ghulam Mohammad Dar flagged of a rally of students who were given All Terrain Bike (ATB), scheme for meritorious boys of lower economic strata on the pattern of Scooty Scheme for the girl students. Arround 400 All Terrain Bike (ATB) were distributed among the meritorious students which is highest number in the Kashmir division showing that Pulwama district is very fertile in education sector.