SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 26: Pleading for keeping academia out of politics, Minister of Education, Mr Naeem Akhtar today said that despite arduous challenges in sight, the Government would move ahead with its mission of reforming and revolutionizing J&K’s education sector which has the potential to change the destiny of the state and its people.
Addressing a teacher’s conference at a local college here, the Minister said that the initiatives taken in the education sector by the present government in the minimum time of governance have started to bear fruit. He said the government had initiated a chain of reforms in education sector which will be part of a continuous process, despite various impediments.
The Minister pleaded with all sections of the society to keep education sector out of politics. He said that all the emancipated men and women subscribing to any school of political thought are in favor of continuation of education and “it seems some mysterious elements are hell bent upon blocking the smooth functioning of the schools to render our children educationally disempowered.” He sought cooperation from teaching community to work overtime to cover the deficit of this valuable time lost due to the prevailing circumstances.
The Minister expressed his displeasure over the low ranking of J&K in the national education scale but expressed the hope that the downward trend will be arrested with the vision and commitment of the government. “The situation will become normal soon and current phase is a temporary but challenging one. Exams will be conducted in time and 1000s of teachers would be trained in special programmes to be started in coming weeks,” said Akhtar.
A large number of teachers and concerned officers from schools and colleges were present at the conference. Various ideas were discussed on how to bring new change in the education sector. Director School Education Kashmir presented a power point presentation on the achievements and initiatives taken by the education department.
Those who spoke at the function also included Principal SP College Dr Yaseen Ahmad Shah, Principal College of Education M A Road Ms Parveen Pandit, Principal Women’s College M A Road Prof Shaheen Altaf and Principal Amar Singh College Prof (Dr) Mohammad Aslam Baba.
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