JAMMU- Government is strictly gauging the performance of teachers in various government schools and 'punitive action, which may include premature retirement, demotion to the next lower post, withholding of increment, etc. is being taken against the teachers whose result performance remains repeatedly unsatisfactory.
This was stated by Minister for Education Harshdev Singh in reply to a question in the House today. He said government have taken several measures for promoting the Equality of education in the state, which include introduction of Kindergarten system, for the first time in the government schools.
He said minimum age limit for admission in government schools has been reduced from 6 to 4 years and English language introduced as a compulsory subject from first primary. He said school curriculum at secondary and senior secondary levels have been revised so as to catch up with the contemporary needs besides trying to bring it at par with the CBSE syllabi.
Some text books upto class 8th have been revised so as to get them in tune with National curriculum framework. Other measures taken up by the government to improve education standard include introduction of new subjects like Biotechnology Bio-chemistry. Environment science, functional English. Islamic studies, Vedic studies besides introduction of vocational subjects at the +2 stage.
The Minister said that the slate institute of education is projected to be upgraded to the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) while the Stale Institute of Educational Management and training is also being set up.
(Kashmir Observer, 18 March, 2005)
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