Focusing on education
For any society to progress on all fronts, proper education to its children is the key. It is the education that helps a child to become a responsible, creative, innovative and productive citizen who can lead her/his society and nation to a developed future. As rightly pointed out, during an official function, by the Lt Governor, Manoj Sinha during a function on August 10, the schools are a perfect medium to ignite the engine of J&K’s overall development and economic growth and thus the administration is keen to ensure all the schools are maintaining academic standards, empowering young students to develop experimental skills, exposing them to exciting innovations. National Education Policy (NEP) has already been set in motion and its implementation in letter and spirit is going to revolutionise the education sector all over, J&K being no exception. The UT administration too has been paying considerable attention to this sector and that was evident during the aforementioned function where the LG inaugurated 119 civil projects, including 84 school buildings, laid foundation stones for sports infrastructure in 100 schools as well as two residential schools for tribal students in Rajouri and Shopian and also rolled out NIELIT courses for classes 6 to 12 class at a function at SKICC here. He also launched mentorship programme and TALAASH App for mainstreaming of 93,508 identified out-of-school children, besides laying the foundation stones for 500 Atal Tinkering Labs (250 each in Jammu and Kashmir regions) and 188 model kindergartens and 1,935 pre-primary sections.
The School Education Department has played a great role in 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’. As the process of identifying out of school children is nearing completion, one would expect that all such children and admitted in the schools and equipped with better education. Secondly, all the existing schools need to have sufficient staff as suggested in NEP-2020 besides the infrastructure. NEP-2020 has laid down certain innovative procedures and if the same are utilized properly, our younger generation will undoubtedly come out of schools well educated and skilled as well. The success of any policy depends on the efforts of those who have to execute the same on the ground and in this case, it is the teacher who has play a pivotal role. It is the teacher who has to ensure the over all development of the students. Teachers need to rededicate themselves to the profession which is noblest of the all. It is the teacher who has the potential to make or break the future of her/his students. The concerned department should ensure that the teachers get regular training and are equipped with all types of modern technologies.