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Secretary School Education reviews department’s functioning in Kashmir division

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SRINAGAR: Secretary of School Education, Dr Piyush Singla, today convened a review meeting regarding the functioning of the department with emphasis on ensuring requisite arrangements are in place for the re-opening of schools and upcoming examinations in the Kashmir division.

Director of School Education Kashmir, Dr Tassaduq Hussain Mir, briefed the meeting about the arrangements being made by the department for the upcoming examinations, the re-opening of schools and the present scenario of functioning of the department.

The Secretary issued strict instructions to the concerned officials to ensure that all arrangements for reopening of schools are made efficiently besides preparations for upcoming examinations are done in time. He impressed upon all the Chief Education Officers to complete rationalization of teaching staff to ensure an equitable pupil-teacher ratio at par with NEP 2020 besides strengthening of Cluster System. He also emphasized on execution of pending works for completion at the earliest.

He directed the Chief Education Officers to expedite the process of holding DPC meetings at various levels and provide the latest vacancy position of all cadres at the earliest. He asked the officers to pay attention to resolving HR-related issues and ensure that the staff did not have to face stagnation.

Dr Piyush Singla also instructed the officers to ask the school administrators under their respective jurisdiction to ensure that any of the basic facilities, if rendered non-functional during winter, be repaired and restored before the reopening of the schools. He directed the CEOs, and Nodal Officers for SVEEP, to ensure the availability of minimum assured facilities in all schools keeping in view the upcoming parliamentary elections. He asked the teaching fraternity to focus on student-centred learning, enhancing teaching skills through training programmes, using of latest technology, fostering effective parent-teacher partnerships, creating a supportive learning environment, encouraging continuous assessment and feedback, emphasizing mental health and providing necessary resources to further streamline the education system.

The Secretary emphasized upon all stakeholders to work in a coordinated manner to further improve education standards in the district for the larger interest of society.

Later, Dr Piyush Singla visited Pulwama and inaugurated the AAGAZ Lab in Government High School Pahoo.

He also visited Mehjoor Memorial Higher Secondary School Pulwama and distributed regularization orders in favour of Contingent Paid Workers there.

Dr Piyush Singla also interacted with the staff and the students of the institutions and discussed the academic environment of the schools.

The meeting was attended by the Additional Secretary SED, Deputy Secretary SED, Personnel Officer DSEK, Chief Accounts Officer, DSEK and all Chief Education Officers of Kashmir division besides other senior officers of the department.

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