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SETTING THE TONE: Kerala State Higher Education Council vice-chairman K.N. Panikkar inaugurating a national teachers’ meet in Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday.
SETTING THE TONE: Kerala State Higher Education Council vice-chairman K.N. Panikkar inaugurating a national teachers’ meet in Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday.

Staff Reporter

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The teaching community, by walking ahead of the present, become facilitators for social change, vice-chairman of the Kerala State Higher Education Council K.N. Panikkar has said. He was inaugurating a national teachers’ meet here on Saturday organised by the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.

Only if teachers evolve as such facilitators can the ultimate aim of education be achieved. Earlier, on the basis of reports given by educationists, education reforms were initiated. This, however, failed to help society achieve the true aims of education. On the other hand, today, reforms are being carried out in the light of the experiences of the teacher, the student and the society at large. This imparts vigour to the education sector and helps society achieve the true aims of education, he said.

Tap hidden talent

The aim of education is to bring to light the creative talents of the students. Of critical importance is the freedom given to children. This freedom would strengthen the creative and personal development of a child. Teachers should keep this in mind when they interact with children. James Verghese, Secretary, General Education, presided over the inaugural ceremony. SSA programme officer T. P. Kaladharan spoke on the relevance of excellence. Director of SIEMAT Johnny K. John, executive director of IT@School Anvar Sadath and SSA director B. Vijayakumar participated.

More than 500 educationists and teachers from 10 States are participating in the two-day meet. As many as 120 case studies of excellence would be presented at 24 venues of the meet, a press note issued here said.

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