Minister for Education, Mr Naeem Akhtar today called for employing innovative methods of teaching to bring J&K’s education sector at par with global standards.
“The government is focused on improving the quality of education both at school and college levels and various initiatives have already been taken in this regard while many more are in the pipeline,” Akhtar said while addressing the inaugural session of the maiden Educational Conclave-2016 organized by the Directorate of School Education Kashmir at SKICC here today.
Director School Education Kashmir, Dr Shah Faesal, Director School Education Jammu, Mrs Smita Sethi, officials of British Council, representatives of various NGOs, cluster heads, Chief Education Officers, Zonal Education Officers, students and other officials were present in large numbers at the Conclave.
Akhtar lauded the pioneering initiatives taken by the education department during the last one year which he said have started yielding results.
The Minister said rationalization has become a highly popular decision and people are now demanding more such schools to be clubbed together. He said employment of improved teaching methods has led to the increase in the enrolment in government schools and the students of these schools can now compete with their counterparts from prestigious private educational institutions. He said the CM’s Super 50 programme has become a game-changer and around 35 students from this programme have qualified various competitive examinations including JEE.
The Minister said the government is going to establish two Cluster Universities one each in Jammu and Srinagar to open more avenues for higher education in the state. He said the start of evening classes at Kashmir University has absorbed 1500 new students who could have otherwise went outside for pursuing the similar degrees. He said that judicious use of resources in education sector can do wonders. The evening classes are also going to be started in Amar Singh College, SP Colleges, Bemina Degree College and other colleges of the state. He said this will also have spillover effect on local economy.
The minister termed the government teachers as the guardians of students most of whom are less fortunate due to income gap and less educated parents. He asked them to work with dedication and give these children new hope of life and career. He said the department has declared 2016 as the “Year of Expression” and the schools are witnessing the results.