Talking to media-persons on the sidelines of the prize distribution ceremony for the Cross Country Run organized by the Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Kothibagh, Srinagar, the Minister while commenting on the results declared by the Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education (BOSE) said the meritorious students have not only brought laurels to their families but their alma-maters as well. “Although I would have personally liked the students of the Government-run schools to bag the top positions, but due credit must go to the private educational institutions, especially the one from Awantipora, Pulwama which has bagged the first two positions,” he said and added that another heartening thing to note is that the first seven positions have been bagged only by girls.
Akhtar said the government-run schools in the State have highly qualified and talented human resource, “only thing needed is the motivation and encouragement, to bring about the much-needed turn around in the academic environment.”
He said various initiatives are being taken by the Government to encourage excellence among the children. “Dedication to the Government’s vision and quality education is our main focus with constant monitoring and mentoring, uncompromising academic quality and individual attention to students as the guiding principles of our new initiatives in the education sector,” Akhtar said and expressed optimism that in the coming years, the students of the Government-run schools would be seen occupying the top positions in the merit list.
The Minister also felicitated the government schools whose students have performed well in the Matriculation results. He said the Education Department would reach out to such well-performing government schools with additional facilities to encourage them to excel further in academics and have better results.
Akhtar said while the pass-percentage of around 72% in Matriculation examinations is encouraging, he would have liked it to be more than that. He also hailed the BOSE authorities for declaring the result in shortest possible time after the conduct of examinations.
Pertinently, the Class 10 board exams in the state were held between 2 and 12 March year.
Earlier, speaking at the main function, the Minister said the Government is making all efforts to increase female literacy in the State. He stressed the need for reviving extra-curricular activities in schools to encourage hands-on learning by allowing students to explore their own environs.
Akhtar said students should be encouraged to explore outside world by involving them in extramural activities. He said activities like field visits, hiking, mountaineering and expeditions should also be promoted among the students to recharge their capabilities.
The Minister said academics are also very important and empowerment of the girl child comes with overall personality development which can be attributed to both academic and extra-curricular activities. He said efforts should be made to promote creativity and inquisitiveness among the students through interactive teaching.
The Minister urged the teaching community to take lead in reviving debating culture in the schools, adding that debates should be held on carefully chosen contemporary topics and the ones with which the students can relate to their own culture, history or geography.
Highlighting the importance of such events, the Minister asked the Director School Education, to organize more cross-country runs involving larger number of schools.
Director School Education, Kashmir, CEO Srinagar, Principal, GGHSS Kothibagh and other officers were also present at the ceremony.
A large number of students participated in the run from Nehru Park to Botanical Garden, organized with the objective of promoting awareness about ‘Girls Education’.
First position was bagged by Nadiya Shafi of class 11th while as second and third positions were bagged by Danishta Shafi and Adfar Hamid respectively, both of class 12th.
Later, the Minister distributed prizes among the winners.