Teachers should help channelise students’ potential towards creative activities: Edu min

Tells academicians to boost confidence of students

SRINAGAR: Minister for Education, Finance, Labour & Employment, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari on Monday asked academicians to boost confidence among students so that they could prove their mettle in various spheres of life.
“By incorporating a bit of confidence and boosting their morale, our students can do miracles and prove that they are second to none,” Bukhari said adding that there was a feeling among the students of Jammu and Kashmir that they were being deprived of many privileges that were enjoyed by the students in other states”, an official handout read.
The minister was speaking at the commencement of a two-day national seminar on “Assessment and Evaluation” organised by Cluster University Srinagar at Institute of Advanced Studies in Education at M A Road here n Monday.
Bukhari said that colleges and schools should not make students see low at themselves as they were the future of the nation. “We need to encourage our students to do well and show them the right direction for their better future, he said and told the academicians to “change the system of education and assess the students by what they are in classrooms”.
“Students are already overburdened by the amount of work they have to do, both at schools and at private tuition centres. This consumes their time and energy and they get a little time to assimilate knowledge,” he added.
While congratulating management of cluster university for organising such a seminar, Bukhari said that the aim of this seminar was come up with the ideas as to how to make the process of evaluation better. Through this seminar, Bukhari said, “We hope that our academicians will come up with some fruitful suggestions and recommendations for the betterment of education system.”
Bukhari asked the academicians to look into the reasons why the marks percentage of J&K students was lower than the students of the other states. He said, “Many of the brilliant students are not able to seek admissions in various outside colleges and universities because of their low percentage.”
He said the role of teachers besides imparting formal education should be to “widen the mental horizon of students”. He said, “The teachers should help in channelising potential of students towards creative activities.”
Vice Chancellor, Cluster University Srinagar, Prof Sheikh Javaid said that the education department needed to bring the education system “at par with national and international standards”. He said , “The educational institutions should not only be the degree providers but should also lead to intellectual brilliance in the students.”