Minister of State for Primary and Secondary Education Kimmane Ratnakar on Friday said that problems pertaining to transfer and promotion of teachers would be addressed by the government by next April.

He was speaking at an event organised by the Karnataka State Saksharata Mission Authority and the Directorate of Mass Education to mark International Literacy Week. He said the government would work towards finding solutions to most of the concerns of primary and secondary school teachers in the coming months. “Write to me with your suggestions regarding the education system,” he said.

Literacy rate

Lauding the literacy mission workers, Mr. Ratnakar said that between 2001 and 2011 literacy rate in the State increased by about 9 percentage points — from 66.64 to 75.6. “Yet, we are lagging behind our neighbouring State of Kerala, which has a literacy rate of over 90,” he said.

The Minster acknowledged that the education system needs betterment and that a great deal of effort needs to be made in this connection. “Illiteracy must be addressed at the root of the problem,” he said. Measures would be initiated to reduce workload of teachers and to see to it that a teacher was not entrusted with more than one duty, the Minister said.

Writer Kamala Hampana, senior Education Department official Seethamma and State Director of the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan D. Basavaraj presided over the event that saw large participation from teachers and literacy mission workers.

Posters and booklets on literacy campaign were unveiled during the event.

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