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Governor calls for continuous capacity building of teachers
8/14/2018 11:24:05 PM
Early Times Report

SRINAGAR, Aug 14: At a meeting held at the Civil Secretariat here, Governor N N Vohra called for continuing capacity building of teachers through trainings and workshops to sharpen their skills and teaching abilities keeping in view the fast-transforming academic scenario.
Governor reviewed the functioning of the School Education Department, particularly with regard to the vacancies existing in the Department and to assess the status of the recruitment process underway to fill these vacancies.
Advisors to Governor, B B Vyas, K Vijay Kumar and Khurshid Ahmad Ganai; Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam; Principal Secretary Finance, Navin K Choudhary; Principal Secretary to Governor, Umang Narula; Principal Secretary Planning, Development & Monitoring, Rohit Kansal; Commissioner Secretary, Higher Education Sarita Chauhan; Commissioner Secretary GAD, Hilal Ahmad Parray, Secretary Education Rigzian Sampheal and Chairman, Services Selection Board, Zubair Ahmad attended the meeting.
The meeting was informed that the government has constituted a high-level inter-departmental Committee, headed by Principal Secretary Finance, to examine the entire gamut of issues in the School Education Department, including rationalization of schools, teachers and the staff as per the national norms, identification of surplus schools and posts; and the reforms needed to be introduced to improve the educational standards in the state.
The Committee will also look into issues relating to SSA teachers, including their salaries, and shall submit its interim report to the Government by August 16 and final recommendations by November 10. Regarding the issue of human resource shortage in the Education Department, Governor asked the recruiting agencies to expedite recruitments against teaching and non-teaching posts and stressed the need for taking urgent measures regarding confirmation of all the promotions made from time to time as per the norms in OPG.
Regarding establishment of separate Human Resource Management Branch and constitution of a dedicated Recruitment Board for the Education Department to fast-track recruitments, Governor asked the Chief Secretary to consider all related issues in this regard and advise him early.
Regarding detachments in the Department, Governor was informed that 1002 detachments had been ordered and all the Chief Education Officers have been asked to submit final reports in this regard by 20 August 2018.
Earlier, in a detailed presentation, Secretary Education Rigzian Sampheal, informed the meeting about the developments, deficiencies and the scope for improvement in the Department.
The meeting was informed that enrolment of students in J&K stands at 13.1 lakh in government schools and 9.9 lakh in private schools from Primary to Higher Secondary levels. The Gross Enrolment Ratio in Primary, Upper Primary and Secondary levels stand at a healthy 98.70, 97.86 and 61.65, percent respectively.
The meeting was informed that the Department has Pupil-Teacher Ratio of 11:1, 14:1 and 32:1 against the norm of 30:1, 35:1 and 40:1 in elementary, secondary and higher secondary levels respectively and efforts are on to further improve it.
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