SOPORE , OCTOBER 17: Describing Sopore as an epitome of J&K’s resilience, the Education Minister Naeem Akhtar said the town kept its head high in tough times, inspiring a generation of people to stand up against injustices.
“Despite being caught in the quagmires of violence, people of Sopore live ahead of the times. I see a lot of hope here. We will do whatever it takes to infuse a fresh life into the educational landscape of the town. Sopore will become the torchbearer in the field of science and technology,” he added.
In his address at SRM Welkin Higher Secondary School, the Education Minister said during the times of turbulence in the state, canards were spread about the abilities of the people of J&K.
“We were being pitied for our failure to create institutions but Sopore has made a change. We have shown that we can achieve anything. The students of Welkin are ambassadors of not only Sopore but of the entire J&K,” he said.
The Education Minister also urged the management of Welkin School to play their part in ending the educational apartheid in the state by adopting a government school in Sopore as “Model School”. The Welkin management assured to oblige the Minister.
Mr Akhtar later visited Government Boys Higher Secondary School in Sopore where he took strong notice of the absence of students. He directed the school authorities to ensure that the students come to their classes regularly.
“Schools are not monasteries. The absence of students reflects our failure. It shows we are lacking in some departments. This will not be tolerated,” he said.
The Minister also inspected two classrooms and gave cash awards to students who demonstrated their lessons. He also asked the authorities to complete the construction work on new DIET building on priority, while stressing the staff to teach functional English.
Mr Akhtar also assured the management that ‘Smart Classroom’ will be started soon at the school.
The Minister later visited Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Sopore where he gave a patient hearing to the concerns of staff and students. Mr Akhtar said there is an urgent need to further rationalise the resources in the education department.
“We have started cleaning the system by beginning from primary classes. We will give you more resources than what you ask for. But you will have to deliver. I will infuse a new life into the education system of Sopore but give me some more time,” he said.