Itanagar, Aug 8 (UNI) Expressing concern over the dismal performance of students in Board examinations,Arunchal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu today advocated a suitable strategy to improve quality of education in the state.
Addressing a two-day conference of Deputy Directors of School Education (DDSEs) and principals here, Mr Khandu exhorted the teaching community and department officials to work in arnest to achieve the desired goal in the field of education.
''Education is the backbone of society and concerted efforts were needed to improve its quality '' he said and called for a better teacher-student relations to improve the educational standard.
The chief minister regretted that many schools in the state were defunct due to lack of teachers as most of them never want to go to interior areas and prefer to stay in the district headquarters.
''My government is planning to frame a suitable policy on transfer and postings which would streamline the system '', he said and added that the recruitment rules which are being implemented, were framed during 1983 and not suitable enough to cope with the present situation.
Referring to the recent dharna staged by the Arunachal Teachers Association (ATA) demanding fulfillment of their demands, the chief minister said that his government was concerned about their problems and genuinely trying to solve them.
Education Minister Tatar Kipa disclosed that the state required around 1,070 Science teachers and urged the chief minister to recruit at least 200 such teachers to cater to the needs of the students.
Home Minister Jarbom Gamlin while stressing on value-based education urged the department for proper implementation of all centrally sponsored schemes.
Earlier, Education Commissioner Hage Khoda in his key note address informed that the literacy percentage of the state as per 2001 census stand at 54.34 per cent.
'' Enrolment of students has increased steadily from 14,164 in 1971 to 3,40,965 in 2006 while the number of primary schools increased to 1438, middle school 588, secondary schools 149 and higher secondary schools to 91,'' he informed.
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