In a first,Fine Arts subject being introduced at HSS level:Bukhari

Jammu—The Government has decided to introduce Music and Fine arts subject at Higher Secondary level in addition to string of reforms to improve the school edu­cation at all levels, with spe­cial focus on improvement of elementary education, said Minister for Educa­tion, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari here today.

Chairing a high-level meeting to discuss educa­tion sector related issues of Kulgam constituency with the local MLA Mohammad Yusuf Tarigami, the Min­ister said special focus has been laid on introduction of new range of subjects to make school education more vibrant and broad-based.

Initially the subject (Mu­sic and Fine Arts) would be introduced in one Higher Secondary school of each district to assess the re­sponse, the Minister in­formed.

Rolling out the reform plan, the Minister said the department has ranked im­provement of elementary ed­ucation as primary reform. “The biggest challenge is to ensure quality education at the primary level which will be addressed by taking and utilizing all available means. Intensifying teacher train­ing holds key to realize this objective for which District Institute of Education and Training (DIET) would be made hub of quality train­ing by involving the best resource persons among the available lot” Syed Bukhari asserted. He asked the direc­tors of each division to start the exercise in this regard and come out with best team of resources persons in each district to achieve this goal. “The fact that strengthening primary education only can help to take the school edu­cation to new highs should be the driving force in this regard, he asked the officers.

Responding to the issues raised by the Kulgam MLA, the Minister said government has already started the pro­cess to clear the decks for pro­motion and fill up the vacant posts of HSS principals. He also informed that the state has taken up the issue of ear­ly construction of buildings for Kendriaya Vidyalas and Jawahar Navodaya Vidya­laya in different parts of state, and the matter has also been included in the agenda for his already scheduled meet­ing with MHRD Ministry. He said the government is going to sought relaxation in terms of land area for campus to fa­cilitate construction of build­ings of KVs and JNVs.

He further informed that the pace of construction of pending school buildings under SSA and RMSA is be­ing regularly reviewed and monitored at highest level to ensure timeline comple­tion and quality of work.

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