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‘Shun sectarianism in education sector’

Staff Reporter
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Union Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi has cautioned against alleged efforts to communalise the education sector of the State.

Inaugurating the valedictory session in connection with the 22nd State conference of the Government School Teachers Union (GSTU) here on Saturday, Mr. Ravi called for constant vigil to safeguard the sector from attempts to create divisions in the names of caste and religion. Such activities would not auger well for the State.

Attempts made in this regard must be countered at the outset, he said.

Making an apparent reference to the State government decision to shoulder the responsibility of paying salaries to teachers of 33 schools in Malabar, Mr. Ravi said that the move should be not taken as an encouragement by anyone to start new schools.

He also expressed caution that the State has been witnessing degradation in moral values.

This has been proved by occurrence of several incidents in the recent past. Teachers have an immense role in inculcating social consciousness among children in their formative years.

Students must also be sensitised on family values and the need to respect others persons, especially women and children.

Earlier, inaugurating the delegates’ meet, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy promised effective steps to strengthen the higher secondary education field. According to him, the government aimed at providing higher secondary education to all students in the State.

The infrastructural facilities required for the purpose will also be developed, he said.

In an attempt to promote research in science and technology, the government also aimed at bringing about rapid development in the field of higher education. According to him, the State lacked institutions that taught cutting-edge technologies and other recent advancements. The Kerala State Higher Education Council has been entrusted with the responsibility of putting forth recommendations to address the dearth of facilities and also identify institutions that could be upgraded as centres of excellence.

The efforts in this regard will commence during the current academic year, he said. District Congress Committee president Tomy Kallani, Kottayam Municipal councillor Nattakom Suresh, GSTU president J. Sasi and general secretary M.Salahuddin participated in the programme.

The Chief Minister has promised effective steps to strengthen the higher secondary education field.

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