One Lakh OoSC Back In Schools, Says Chief Secretary


SRINAGAR: The Chief Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir, Arun Kumar Mehta, announced on Tuesday that the government has successfully reintegrated nearly one lakh Out of School Children (OoSC) back into educational institutions.

According to the news agency KNO, Mehta made this statement during the Teachers’ Day celebration at the erstwhile Sher e Kashmir International Convention Centre (SKICC). He said, “Last year, we brought nearly one lakh Out of School Children back to schools.”

He also highlighted that Jammu and Kashmir has secured the first position in India in the NIPUN Bharat initiative.

“Nowadays, the role of a teacher is to uncover the hidden talents of students,” Mehta remarked.

The Chief Secretary advised teachers not to be concerned about issues related to their promotions and transfers, assuring them that the department would handle such matters. He emphasised that teachers should focus on addressing the issues and problems faced by students.

“Many times, I have seen teachers scrambling for transfers and promotions. I believe these issues should be made entirely predictable, and teachers should be informed about when they will have transfers and promotions to ensure that academics do not suffer, allowing teachers to concentrate solely on teaching,” he added.

Mehta stressed that the education department should have future-ready plans, and both students and teachers should continually upgrade themselves to stay relevant in the world.

“At present, we need to focus on students who are involved in drug-related issues in schools and colleges because teachers are the guardians of society,” he asserted.

Meanwhile, Principal Secretary of the School Education Department, Alok Kumar, highlighted that the Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory (UT) has taken a lead in implementing the New Education Policy (NEP) 2020.

“Teachers truly shape the future of children, and it is because of this that they have the utmost respect in society. A good teacher is one of the greatest blessings in the world,” Kumar remarked.

He further stated, “On this Teachers’ Day, we not only celebrate the invaluable contribution of our educators, but we also reflect on the transformations they have brought to the School Education Department.”

Kumar also mentioned that the School Education Department has introduced several digital initiatives, including digital learning processes that empower learners to access e-content.(KNO)


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