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Minister promises to create State platform to solve teachers’ issues

Primary and Secondary Education Minister N. Mahesh and the former Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar at a teachers’ workshop in Dharwad on Monday.

Primary and Secondary Education Minister N. Mahesh and the former Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar at a teachers’ workshop in Dharwad on Monday.   | Photo Credit: Handout E Mail

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‘Teachers should shape the character of students’

Primary and Secondary Education Minister N. Mahesh has promised to take steps to solve teachers’ issues by creating a State-level platform comprising lawmakers, bureaucrats and stakeholders.

Speaking at a teachers’ workshop on ‘people-friendly administration, dynamism and qualitative learning’, organised by the Karnataka State Government Employees’ Association and Karnataka State Primary School Teachers’ Association, at Mallikarjun Mansur Kalabhavan here on Monday, Mr. Mahesh said that the proposed platform would be set up shortly.

It would deliberate on issues and come out with solutions to the problems within the legal framework. If no solution could be found within the legal framework, the efforts to solve problems through mediation and arbitration too, he said.

Mr. Mahesh said that because it is a coalition government he was made the Minister.

Therefore, he does not belong either to the BJP, the JD(S) or the Congress. However, he said that he would seek guidance and encouragement from leaders of the three parties to raise the standards of education in government schools.

Referring to the importance of the Constitution, Mr. Mahesh said that he was the first graduate from his village and the first person to pass the KAS exam, and the person to become a Minister.

“This has been possible because of the Constitution.”

The Minister asked teachers to shape the character of children and make them responsible citizens.

“I am here to solve your problem, but to solve students’ problems, teachers should make a concentrated effort,” he added.

“Today, children are living in a highly competitive era and along with academics, they should develop soft skills and creativity. Teachers should shoulder the responsibility of imparting these skills to students,” he said.

Primary School Teachers’ Association President V.M. Narayanswamy submitted a memorandum having 32 demands.

Later, speaking to presspersons, Mr. Mahesh said that the government was willing to teach English as a subject in government schools. But the final call would be taken by Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy soon. The teachers, teachers’ associations have been demanding the government to introduce English considering the need of the hour. Along with mother tongue, teaching other languages which can help children find better jobs, is also important, he added. A round table meetings would be held comprising of lawmakers, bureaucrats, academicians and association office-bearers to discuss the demands of the teachers associations, he said.

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