Jammu: Terming education as cog-in-the-wheel of progress at all levels, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari, Minister for Education, on Tuesday said despite many odds and varied challenges the government succeeded in putting decrepit education system back on track and the recent board results in Kashmir offer a silver lining amid the dark clouds.
Bukhari said, “To compensate for the time lost by students of schools and colleges due to frequent disruptions, the department is seriously considering notifying a separate ‘Education Calendar’ that minimizes holidays and enables teachers to complete their syllabi in time.”
Winding up the discussion on demand for grants by the education and allied departments, the minister sought the support of the people in shielding the education sector from disturbances and called for exempting teachers from all non-academic duties.
Bukhari said, “We cannot afford to make our students suffer for this, teachers have to be discharged from non-teaching assignments, including election-related duties,” Bukhari said.
The minister said remedial measures need to be taken in the education system of the state so that it did not become a casualty.
Bukhari said, “It was not easy to bring back the students from the streets to the classrooms where they actually belong. Despite extreme provocations, I take great pride in stating that not a single FIR was registered against the protesting students last year.”
Bukhari called for involving students, especially adolescents, in the decision-making processes, saying they were going through a difficult time and needed help.
For this, minister for education suggested that ‘Student Councils’ be formed to monitor the affairs of schools and colleges.
Later, the House passed grants amounting to over Rs 8827. 55 crore for education, youth services and sports, technical education and allied departments with a voice vote.