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Concerned State : Arunachal Pradesh
Concerned Department : Department of Education
Title of Announcement : Teachers Day and State Award to Teachers
Concerned Date : 06 / 09 / 2013
Details :
Department of elementary education has celebrated Teachers Day at Banquet Hall, Itanagar on 5 September 2013. Addressing the function Chief Minister Nabam Tuki said, "This day is celebrated to show our acknowledgment and recognition of the hard work put in by our teachers towards our development. Let us not fail them". He paid rich tribute to great philosopher, teacher and second president of India Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan on this auspicious occasion.
The Chief Minister also extended his sincere greetings to teachers everywhere and salutes the teachers of state for their dedicating service, especially in remote and rural areas and for shaping the future of Arunachal Pradesh. Accepting the hardships being faced by the teachers, especially those serving in interior areas where even basic amenities to live a life of dignity is unavailable, Tuki said, despite hardships like lack of basic facilities like accommodation and communication, teachers in remote Arunachal Pradesh have proved more than their mettle in educating and churning out intellectuals over the years. "Our teachers need more appreciation and recognition than their counterparts elsewhere. My government is committed to look into these issues, therefore, teachers, who have shown utter dedication towards their profession are getting honoured and rewarded on this day", he said. "There is a general concern that our government schools are not functioning up to the mark. In far flung locations, teachers do not attend the classes regularly which are affecting the very status of the existence of government schools as students prefer private schools. This is very serious. Our state is paying the highest salary to SSA teachers in the country while we celebrate the day, let us also introspect and give our minds in correcting where we are failing. If a teacher fails in his duty, students will fail in their lives."
Chief Minister had committed to provide accommodation to the teachers in interior places on top priority. Work in this regard is on. He has also committed to recognize and reward hard-working teachers and provide incentives for those working in remote locations therefore requested the Education Commissioner to come out with a detail incentive scheme within a fortnight to encourage teachers to work in hard and middle belts.
Tuki further said, managing school education cannot be left only to the Directorate of School Education. Hence he asked the district Deputy Commissioner to take charge of nurturing, monitoring, and supervising all the schools within the district. If schools function properly, the students will receive all the benefits like textbook, mid-day-meal, uniform, etc., the parents will be happy, the energy of the students will be channelized positively and the overall environment will become better. Therefore, he asked all the DCs to get all the schools inspected, problems identified and remedial measures taken within next two months. They must take appropriate action promptly against the defaulting officials and use all measures to make each school properly functional.
CM while concern about the Mid Day Meal tragedy in Bihar where many children fell prey to food poisoning due to carelessness of the authorities, asked all the teachers to ensure strict inspection of the mid-day meals before serving it to the children.
While congratulating the Department of Education for novel initiatives taken to streamline the education scenario of the state he said, the Education Department has started doing regular inspection of schools, which is a good step. The initiative of GUIDE scheme to encourage our officers to adopt and mentor a school of their choice is also a laudable effort. Mentoring a school is a benevolent task with far reaching implications as has been witnessed in some states of the country. It works on the belief that every educated and well-informed individual needs to attach himself/herself with the present day school system. As they say charity begins at home, the officers in the Department and in the Districts are expected to become the torchbearers of this strategy.
As education is a priority of every government, the CM said, "we have launched number of flagship schemes to develop the sector. In order to encourage girl child education, a new scheme Vidya has been launched. Under this scheme, every girl student of class-V in Government Schools will have a fixed deposit of Rs 5000 for continuing education. This amount will be made available to the girl student with interest after completion of Class-XII. We have allocated Rs 5 Crore for the scheme, which will benefit more than 10,000 girls in the current year.
To break the barrier and ensure attendance and hygiene of girl students of class VI-XII in Government Schools, sanitary napkins to about 82,000 girl students will be provided. For this a provision of Rs two Crore has been allocated.
Broadening the mandate of the CM talent award scheme for meritorious students, the Government will provide laptops to all those students who score more than 60% in class X examination from Government Schools. While last year only 1200 students benefited from a similar scheme, this year on about 5000 students will be benefited.
In order to recognize and encourage the exemplary services of our teachers, Chief Minister's award for Excellence in quality education i.e. "Best Teachers Award" - Male and Female - has been instituted. Rs one Crore has been allocated for this purpose. Also, in each district, one school will be selected for the 'Best School Award' with cash incentives, the CM further added.
Education Minister Bosiram Siram, while extending his best wishes to the teacher on the auspicious and paying his sincere tribute to Dr.  S. Radhakrishna appreciated the initiative taken by the State Chief Minister Nabam Tuki for his vision to lead the state towards lasting progress and meeting the challenges of education sector in the state and placing the education in his priority sector.
The Education Minister while congratulating the national and state awardee teachers on the occasion said, it is the teacher who unfolds the worth of education and mysteries of knowledge for making them fruitful in life of everyone in the universe. Whatever anyone achieves in his/her life is only by dint of education. Hence, he urged the teaching fraternity to work hard to this noble cause to scale new heights in the state.
'Education for all' is the call of nation after advent of RTE, a dawn of new era for the entire country. Hence, if a single child of the state remained un-enrolled in the school, the objectives would not be attained. The girl child, underprivileged child, CWSN and other special categories need to feel respected. Need of the hour is not pity but love and care for which task lies in the hand of teachers to bring them in the mainstream, the Minister added.
The Education Minister further said, today education department is successfully addressing the targeted goals both in physical and financial front such as streamlining the defunct schools, training to untrained teachers, special focus on girl's education; physically challenge issues, urban deprived groups, coverage of rural inhabitation etc.
In meeting all these challenges of education sector, he urged all the officers and officials to be dedicated towards commitment to provide fair and judicious educational administration to win love and admiration of the people. The future calls us to work with vigour and focus in order to till the scales of justice for our children.
On the occasion, beautiful dance and songs were performed by the school children.  Altogether 16 teachers were conferred state teachers award -2013 for their dedicated works in the filed of education.
The awardees are: Ngoichung Bapu, Bishnu Prasad Mahanta, Ashok Kumar Rai, Krishna Nand Singh, Aftab Alem Ansari, Himangshu Kumar Nath, Harendra Saikia, Rakesh Kumar Chaturvedi, Ajay Kumar Sinha, Taning Nayam, Sobram Kri, Bapu Tara, Nang Pawfe Gohain, Bijum Kumum, Byabang Pillik, Maz  Harul Islam. They were awarded with cash prize of Rs15,000 , shawl and a certificate each.
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