Staff Reporter

Government emphasising on providing quality education, he says

BHUBANESWAR: Problems of teachers in government-run and aided schools took the centre stage even as ‘Teachers Day’ was celebrated across the State on Saturday.

At a public meeting organised by United Teachers and Employees’ Association (UTEA) here on Saturday, teachers raised voices about anomalies existing in education system in the State. They wanted that government should take over 610 full-aided and 48 non-plan high schools and abolish block grant system.

Moreover, they demanded introduction of grant-in-aid system and recognition to eligible high schools till 2008 through financial assistance.

The demand, which was heard everywhere, was increase of retirement age of teachers and employees of government high schools from 58 years to 60 years. College teachers and employees also participated in the meet with their separate set of demands.

They demanded immediate release of grant-in-aid to 262 degree and 226 plus two colleges, career advancement of lecturers, who have served more than 20 years without promotion. Addressing the teachers’ groups, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said they should take teaching on mission mode and ensure that children get best of education.

He said his government was emphasising on providing quality education and had taken a number of steps such as career advancement policy for sikhya sahayaks and increase in allowances of different types of teachers.

Cadre rule of teachers was revised to give promotion to elementary teachers, Chief Minister said.

Finance Minister Prafulla Chandra Ghadai, School and Mass Education Minister Pratap Jena, BJD Rajya Sabha member Pyari Mohan Mohapatra spoke at the teachers’ meet. Sumant Sahoo, teacher of Unit-I High School was felicitated as ideal teacher.

During the day, students in different city-based schools revered their teachers for their invaluable contribution in shaping their future.