Teachers’ Day celebrated in Puducherry
PUDUCHERRY: Lieutenant Governor Mukut Mithi on Wednesday called upon the teaching community to rise to the challenges to help the students to lead a better life.
Pointing out the role of a teacher in the changing scenario at a felicitation function for retired teachers on the occasion of Teachers’ Day, he said “the younger generation, particularly in urban agglomerations, is becoming more and more materialistic with values being pushed to the background.”
Only an ideal teacher who was morally upright and beacon light of values could lead the country in the right direction by guiding the younger generation.
Modern education should attempt to maximise students’ ability to understand the world which they were a part of. To be successful in the wider world, teachers must inspire the students to be more creative and original, he said, stressing the need for efforts to equip the rural students to compete with their counterparts in urban areas.
He asked the Education Department to ensure creation of facilities such as well-equipped libraries and computers with internet facilities in schools in rural areas.
Chief Minister N. Rangasamy, who felicitated retired teachers, said efforts would be made to provide quality education in all government schools.
He appealed to the teachers to play their role in a more effective way in shaping the future of the country by guiding the students to achieve excellence. The dropout rate had come down drastically in the government schools, thanks to facilities provided by the Government and also the positive role played by the teachers, he said.
Education Minister M.O.H.F. Shajahan said around 1000 vacancies of teacher’s post were filled in the last few years.
The concerns of the teachers with regard to promotions would be sorted out soon, he added.
Local MLA and CPI leader R. Viswanathan asked the Government to focus on improving the quality of education in schools.
A total of 21 teachers were honoured at the function. The winners of the 2005 National Best Teacher Award were also honoured.