The Chief Minister cautions that officials faring poorly will be made accountable
BY OUR STAFF REPORTER
GUWAHATI, January 22: Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi exhorted upon the education officials to improve the standard and quality of education in the State.
Iugurating a two–day State Conference on Educatiol Planning and Administration for District and Block Education Officers of Assam at Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra auditorium here, Chief Minister Gogoi asked the district and block level education officers of the State to put in all their effort and energy towards improving the quality of education.
"Mere enrolment is not enough. Effort must be directed towards improving the standard and quality of education. As our children are our assets, the responsibility lies on your shoulders," he said.
Gogoi said a proper evaluation of the performance of the officials at the district and block levels would be carried out. "Incentives will be given to those who perform well. Even they be would be send to good educatiol institutions abroad for training," he said.
Gogoi cautioned that officials faring poorly would be made accountable.
The Chief Minister underscored the need for enhancing the capacity building of teachers to improve the quality of education. Gogoi said that his government would set up an institute on the lines of tiol University of Educatiol Planning and Administration and tie up with good institutions to impart quality training to teachers.
Gogoi asked the education officials and inspectors of schools to go for regular inspection of schools to improve the standard of education.
The Chief Minister also underlined the need for proper magement and planning to bring about the desired changes in the education scerio.
Speaking on the occasion, Principal Secretary, Education, Rajiv Kumar Bora said there is an urgent need to increase the enrolment as well as to reduce the school dropout rates. "We have to take measures to reduce the dropout rates from junior to senior grades. Towards this end, the education officials more particularly at the grassroots level have to play a key role," he added.
Bora, while stressing on improving the quality of education, said education must not only focus on academics but also on non–academics for grooming and moulding the persolity of the students.
Addressing the gathering, Prof. BK Panda of tiol University of Educatiol Planning and Administration, New Delhi, said the main objectives of the two–day conference held for the first time in the State, are to familiarize the administrators at the grassroots to understand their role on matters critical to educatiol policy, planning and administration; to articulate the recent trends in educatiol development with special focus on Right to Education, Universalization of Secondary Education and Sarva Siksha Abhiyan and to assess the training needs of district and block level education officials to enhance their capacity building.