Srinagar: Private Schools Association of Jammu and Kashmir (PSAJK) on Wednesday hailed the services of outgoing Secretary Education Farooq Shah in the education sector.
“The officer was instrumental in turning around the fortunes of this distressed sector with his hard work and innovative strategy to tackle challenges,” PSAJK said in a statement issued here.
The Association said that Shah who has now been transferred to other department, will be remembered for a long time for his contribution towards development of education sector. “The amount of work that has happened during the last two years in his tenure has been instrumental in turning around the fortunes of education sector,” said G N Var president PSAJK.
“The working days during the last two years increased considerably, accountability was enforced and the education became child centric,” he said.
The Association said that lots of schemes and programmes were launched that benefited students and teachers. “J&K was earlier left out of the important National Achievement Survey, but it was due to hard work of Shah that the state education was also included in it. This helped in setting benchmarks, keeping check on quality and ultimately it helped in raising the standard of education in the state,” Var said.
He said it was during the tenure of Shah that the gap between private sector and government was minimised. “It became an era of cooperation between private sector and government. Together we undertook massive exercise of training teachers from both government and private schools,” Var said, adding, “number of private schools were regulated and many of their issues were addressed with main focus on providing quality education to children.
Var said Shah was first to take up and address many contentious issues and resolve them. “Before him nobody was serious in upgrading the school curriculum and it was due to his efforts that meetings were held to find ways to improve the school syllabus,” he said.