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Honoured: The ‘Best Teacher’ award winners who were felicitated in Kodagu on Saturday.
Honoured: The ‘Best Teacher’ award winners who were felicitated in Kodagu on Saturday.

Staff Correspondent

‘Government is looking into the problems faced by teachers’

Madikeri: Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly K.G. Bopaiah said on Saturday that the State Government was thinking of bringing out a new education policy aimed at improving the standard of education.

He was speaking after inaugurating the Teachers’ Day celebrations at the St. Joseph’s School here. Six teachers were honoured with the “Best Teacher” award on the occasion.

The Government was convinced of the need for bringing in changes in the education system for the benefit of all, Mr. Bopaiah said.

The Government had taken steps to fill the vacant posts of teacher and was looking into the problems faced by teachers. Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan introduced by the A.B. Vajpayee Government had yielded the desired results, he said. Referring to the decline in the strength of students in government schools in rural areas, he said the love for English was one of the reasons for it. However, English could not be ignored in the modern context. The importance of Kannada in the State could not be ruled out under any circumstance and it should get the prime status. Teachers, especially those in primary schools, had the onerous responsibility of shaping the future of children as they spent the most significant hours in schools, Mr. Bopaiah said.

M.P. Appachu Ranjan, Madikeri MLA, who presided over the function, said that the need of the hour was “ideal teachers” who helped students in shaping their career and making them better citizens. Primary school teachers had an important role to play in this regard. Yashoda Ramachandra, Principal of the Nehru Memorial Pre-University College, Sullia, who was the guest, said the Teachers’ Day celebrations were an attempt to strengthen the resolve of teachers and enhance the sanctity of their profession. Moulding the personality of children was the sole aim of education as the destiny of the nation was shaped in classrooms, she added.

Ms. Ramachandra said that changes were a must in the education sector, but without altering its fundamental objectives of developing a child’s personality and nation building. Education should not be job-oriented, but society-oriented, she said.

President of the zilla panchayat S.N. Raja Rao, president of the ZP Standing Committee on Health and Education Manu Muthappa, president of the Madikeri City Municipal Council P.D. Ponnappa, Deputy Commissioner K.H. Ashwatha Narayana Gowda, Chief Executive Officer of the ZP Mirza Akbarulla, Principal of the St. Joseph’s School Sisily Kutty Joseph and office-bearers of various teachers’ associations were present.

Buddha Naik, K.M. Chengappa, Taramani, Mehboob Khan, Krishna Chaitanya and M.R. Sunanda were felicitated for winning the “Best Teacher” award. Five retired teachers were also felicitated. DDPI Narasimhaiah welcomed the gathering.

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