Underlining commitment of the government to improve education scenario in the state, Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Tara Chand said that in order to fine tune the department according to modern day education requirements work on drafting a new education policy is underway and very soon the state shall have a futuristic policy in place .
He said the government has already framed the State Education Advisory Board for the purpose of formulating education policy and administration.
“The board besides Chairman will have 5 ex-officio members and 6 non-officio members who would be eminent educationists of the state and would give suggestions on formulating an education policy keeping in view the requirements and topographical constrains,” he added.
Mr. Tara Chand was addressing one day educational convention at Khour, today.
As per instructions of the Deputy Chief Minister the convention started with a pledge of commitment, dedication and professional approach towards work. All the delegates along with the Deputy Chief Minister and senior level officers of the department took the pledge.
Secretary, School Education Mr. Hirdesh Kumar, Director, School Education, Jammu Mr. P.K. Pole, Director, RMSA Mr. Hilal A. Parrey, Director SSA Mr. R.K. Verma, CEO,Jammu, SDM, Akhnoor and other functionaries of the education department participated in the convention.
Stressing on keeping a tab on private school fee structure, Mr. Tara Chand said that the government as per the directions of Hon’ble Supreme Court has framed a committee headed by retired Chief Justice for fixation of fee structure of private educational institutes in the State, adding that the committee would fix the fees so as to prevent profiteering, payment of capitation or unjustified charging of fee in any other manner.
He said no stone would be left unturned to ensure that standard of education in government schools gets improved and quality education is provided to all the students.
Underlining achievements of the department, the Deputy Chief Minister said that in short span besides preoccupations of assembly over ten thousand promotions have been made, more than five thousand lecturers have been regularized and around thirteen thousand vacancies have been referred to concerned recruitment agencies, adding that instructions have been given to SSB and PSC for ensuring fast track recruitment for the said posts. He said en-masse promotions at all levels in the department has been done both for teaching as well as non teaching staff.
“All these steps have been taken in order to ensure that morale of teaching fraternity gets a boost and they rededicate themselves towards their professional commitments,” he added.
Mr. Tara Chand said very soon a comprehensive transfer policy would be framed for rationalizing transfers in the department. He said four zones would be created as per the topography of the area and all those who get promoted would have to compulsorily serve for one year in the tough zone.
Those suffering from life consuming diseases and over 55 years of age would be suitably adjusted as per the policy and female staff would get postings in those schools which have proper road connectivity, he added.
He said those who have given more than required period of service in remote and tough areas would be immediately called back and mechanism for automatic transfer after completing tenure would also be put in place.
The Deputy Chief Minister said that all out efforts have been initiated to ensure that the government schools give best results and lost glory of the schools is won back, adding that teaching fraternity in the schools is highly qualified and are better paid with respect to private teachers, so it is duty of the teachers to ensure that students of government schools excel well vis-à-vis those studying in private academies.
“I appeal to all teachers to admit their own children in government schools so that others get encouraged and make sure that special care is given to all students by giving extra time also,” he added.
He said teaching staff of those schools which show better results would be suitably awarded and those with negative performance would be dealt with strong hands.
Lauding the Union government for liberal funding, Mr. Tara Chand said prestigious schemes of SSA and RMSA has gone a long way in attending various administrative and infrastructure requirements of the department in the state. He said non submission of utilization certificates is hampering new funding and directed all the concerned to ensure that pending formalities get completed within stipulated time frame so as to ensure availability of funds.
He said model schools would be developed with all modern facilities for the students and would have teachers and infrastructure at par with those of private institutes.
The Deputy Chief Minister directed for regularly holding Parent-Teacher meets and each third Saturday should be assigned for this. He said ZEOs should compulsory tour areas under their jurisdiction for effective monitoring.