Launches Key Initiatives In Education Sector
Srinagar- Terming schools as a perfect medium to ignite the engine of Jammu and Kashmir’s overall development and economic growth, Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha said on Wednesday that his government’s effort is to ensure all the schools are maintaining academic standards, empowering young students to develop experimental skills, exposing them to exciting innovations.
Sinha made these remarks while inaugurating multiple key initiatives of the education sector at a grand ceremony organised at SKICC, here, an official spokesperson said Wednesday.
On the occasion, he said, Sinha inaugurated 119 civil works including 84 school buildings and other allied infrastructure projects; laid foundation for Sports infrastructure in 100 schools & two residential schools for tribal students one each in Rajouri and Shopian and rolled out NIELIT courses for 6th to 12th class.
The LG, he said, also launched a mentorship programme, and TALAASH App for mainstreaming of 93,508 identified out-of-school children, besides laying the foundation for 500 Atal Tinkering Labs and 188 model kindergartens & 1935 pre-primary sections.
Congratulating the School Education Department & the students community, the LG, as per the spokesperson said, the key initiatives including 84 new School Buildings, launch of NIELIT courses, State Mentoring Project, Talaash App, pre-primary classes & Atal Tinkering Labs as recommended by NEP 2020 will strengthen our early childhood care & education and skilling ecosystem.
Sinha, he said, also asserted that the infrastructure-projects, initiatives and schemes dedicated to the future generation of J&K would instill in them free thought, scientific temper and consciousness along with playfulness to produce future ready, global citizens of the 21st century.
“This new beginning will redefine the teaching-learning process and bring qualitative changes in the overall functioning of schools,” the LG said.
“Our effort also focuses on knowledge & values, development of emotional quotient and intelligence quotient to help the child to grow into a well-balanced personality,” he said, while stressing on ensuring access, equity, quality and outcome-oriented quality education for all.
According to the spokesperson, the LG termed schools as a perfect medium to ignite the engine of J&K’s overall development and economic growth.
“Our effort is to ensure all the schools are maintaining academic standards, empowering young students to develop experimental skills, exposing them to exciting innovations,” the LG said.
Sinha, the spokesperson said, appreciated the efforts of the School Education Department for successfully bringing a large number of out-of-school students, students from underprivileged sections to schools through initiatives like Aao School Chalen, Dastak and Talaash.
The LG, he said, also expressed pleasure for J&K’s better performance and ranking in the NISHTHA program than many states in the country.
“We have overcome several old constraints & carried out more than 20 lakh surveys to identify and mainstream out-of-school children. The School Education Department has shown major gains in enrolment and retention and bridging the gender gaps,” Sinha said.
The spokesperson said that the LG also noted that the National Education Policy has laid the foundations for developing the capabilities of a child to optimum potential. He further said NEP-2020 takes special care in providing students an opportunity to study the subjects according to their own choice and ability, so that their talent is developed and nurtured without any pressure.
Sinha, he said, termed the teacher’s role as vital in the holistic development of students and said that the Mentorship Programme: Student Teacher Engagement for Educational Reinforcement (STEER) will revolutionize the school education system by identifying learning gaps and understanding the constraints of the children, their capabilities, besides providing the teachers an opportunity to bring changes their teaching methods.
Under this mentorship program, the spokesperson said, more than 21,000 schools have been covered and five lakh students mapped. Moreover, 40,000 teachers have been trained to mentor the students in a 1:10 ratio.
He said that the LG further asked the School Education Department, teachers & student community to actively participate in the “Har Ghar Tiranga campaign’.
“He also asked the department to give dedicated focus to redress the issues like rationalization of teachers,” the spokesperson said, adding that the LG felicitated the 10th class toppers for their remarkable performance in the examination.
He further said that an MoU was signed between Samagra Shiksha J&K and HCL for the TECHBEE programme for students of class 12th in the UT.
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