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Exhorts teachers to groom students for future; Principals to ensure standard, well being & genius of schools

Port Blair ,

"Teaching is the noblest profession and teachers must shoulder their responsibility of nation building with clear conscience and passion. Teachers are responsible for the future of these Islands, and the country as a whole", said the Lt Governor, Lt Gen AK Singh (Retd) while inaugurating a two- day seminar on the topic 'improvement in academic standards and quality of education' at DBRAIT auditorium here today. Chief Secretary, Shri Anand Prakash, Commissioner cum- Secretary Education, Shri Raajiv Yaduvanshi, Adhyaksha ZPSA, Ms VK Mariam Bibi, SSWB Chairperson, Smt Ratna Kannan and resource persons Ms Neetu Kapoor, Principal GD Goenka School, Noida and Shri Rohit Dhankar, from Azim Premji University (APU) Bangalore, were present on the occasion. 

Addressing the gathering, consisting of Principals, Vice Principals and Headmasters of Govt as well as private schools of this UT, the Lt Governor stated that as the Administration spends 19 to 20 % of its budget on Health and Education, making optimum use of the fund for further developing both these sectors is essential. This seminar will give the teaching fraternity of the Education Department exposure to the changes that becomes imperative to improve the quality of education in these Islands, the Lt Governor said pointing to the fact that there has been a dip in the results of class 10th & 12th in the Govt schools. 

"This seminar is one among the many steps the Education Department will take to provide a good platform for the educationists to flourish and prosper", he said and thanked the two guest speakers; Ms Neetu Kapoor, Principal, GD Goenka School, Noida and Shri Rohit Dhankar, APU, Bangalore for coming all the way from mainland to help our teachers in reaching the desired goals.

The Lt Governor complimented the Education Department for maintaining school enrollment at 98-99% in these Islands, and zero dropouts, which is the best in the country. He also mentioned that to improve the quality of education, the Administration has filled up most of the posts of teachers and we have the best studentteacher ratio in the country. "In education, we should strive to excel and nothing short of ideal should be accepted", he said calling upon all concerned to ensure that quality education is imparted to our students and also create an ethical society here.

The Lt Governor emphasizedon providing allencompassing education to students which include sports, information & communication, vocational education etc. "An outstanding teacher always aims for a combination of knowledge and wisdom", he said exhorting the teachers to understand their students and groom them for the future. Turning to the Principals/ Vice Principals and Headmasters, the Lt Governor said while the teachers are accountable for students, Principals are accountable for their respective schools. 

"They are the most important cog in the wheel of education, hence, they must ensure 
the standard, well being & genius of the school", he said. The Lt Governor asked the Education Department to prepare a plan for upgrading infrastructure & for further training of teachers so that they can acquire knowledge on latest methodologies in teaching. The Lt Governor motivated all the stakeholder of the Education sector to work with dedication and without fear or favour. Earlier, welcoming the chief guest and others present on the occasion, the Secretary Education, Smt. Tanvi Garg described teachers as torch bearers of change.

The objective of the seminar is to find out ways and means to improve the quality of education in these Islands, the Secretary said adding that seminar of such magnitude will be a continuous process. Sharing the keys to success of her school, resource person, Ms. Neetu Kapoor, Principal, GD Goenka School, Noida gave an impressive and inspiring presentation on the topic 'innovations and best practices in education'. 

She said quality education is not about creating huge infrastructure or reducing syllabus but it is all about art of teaching, about teachers' initiatives to complete the work assigned and about changing our mind sets etc. She further stated that going beyond the call of duty brings about the quality in education. Proper feedback mechanism from students, peers and from parents is equally important for achieving good results, she said adding that in the process of creating a positive atmosphere, no child should be left behind. 

Another resource person, Shri Dhankar from APU, Bangalore, dwelt on 'quality improvement and in-service teacher education'. He touched upon two important issues pertaining to today's education scenario viz. quality of education equated with marks and with market design, which he said, should have been the other way round. He also spoke about three aspects of failure in quality education viz. conceptual failure, morality failure and authentic self failure. 

He said quality education has to focus on education ideals & values, outcome of quality, clarity of understanding, capacity to think individually, attitude towards learning. Teachers should be responsible, accountable and create fertile ideas/thoughts, and it is the collective responsibility of teachers to analyze & improve the quality of education.

In her address, the Principal, Naval Children School, Ms. Anita Devi spoke on the topic 'how to achieve all round improvement in school- capacity building & availability' and underlined the need to make best use of the available resources in achieving all round improvement in education. Emphasizing that academics and personality development play important roles in the overall development of a student, she suggested means which can lead to achieving all round improvement in school. She also touched upon the teaching methods and aids which should be adopted by the teachers for imparting quality education. 

She also gave an insight of how to deal with slow learners and hyperactive students accordingly. The last speaker of the day, Ms. Sangeeta Chand, Principal, Govt. Girls Sr. Sec. School shared the good practices adopted by her in education. She spoke on the roles and responsibilities of the Principal/ head of the Institution in setting an example and ensuring the delivery of high quality education to students, besides motivating the teachers. She said, teachers should develop thought process in implementing the ideas and the heads of the Institution should set visions as individual, for the school and the 
society as well. She also shared the success stories of her experience at Malacca School where she had implemented various innovative teaching methods. The seminar will continue tomorrow (Aug 11) as well.