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Challenges in primary education in Odisha discussed at workshop

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Reported by Santosh Jagdev

Bhubaneswar, July 29: 

To discuss various issues relating to problems of teacher education, community participation and explore possibilities of working together for the improvement of educational system in Odisha, the state unit of the National RTE Forum, in collaboration with the All Utkal Primary Teachers Federation, organized a two-day workshop on ‘Collective Role of Teachers and SMC in School Development’ here today.

WORKSHOP ON COLLECTIVE ROLE OF TEACHERS AND SMC IN SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT AT HOTEL PRESIDENCY (2)Over 120 participants, including teachers and SMC members from across the State participated in the workshop.

Addressing the inaugural session of the workshop, chief guest and School and Mass Education Minister Debi Prasad Mishra said, “Teachers play an important role in development of school education at the primary level and proper implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act-2009 in the State is need of the hour.”

Elaborating various hurdles that come in the implementation of various schemes on primary education, the Minister said besides infrastructural development, support service and budgetary allocation, efforts are being made by the State Government to help the poor parents in remote as well as in urban areas providing excellent teaching experience to their children in good schools which they cannot afford.

The Minister further said that a road map would be prepared soon involving all stakeholders, including SMCs, educationists, Government and Non-Governmental organizations to achieve the compliances as stipulated in the RTE Act by 2022. He also called for the need for establishment of model schools and teachers’ training institutions in the state. This apart, efforts are being made to fill up vacant teachers’ post in primary schools in Odisha.

Speaking on the occasion, National RTE Forum Convener Ambarish Rai said that education has been restricted to higher education and IT educations only, whereas the school education has been completely neglected in the State. He also highlighted various issue like lack of infrastructure, sanitation and water purification, support service and teachers strength in most of the schools in State.

Talking on enrollment of students in private schools, Prof Anita Rampal from the University of Delhi said private schools enroll students by choosing all criteria, including their parent’s qualifications, thereby ignoring dull students. She also underlined the need for bringing a change in the perception of teachers to motivate all students, including average and lower average students towards achieving excellence in their education.

The two-day workshop will cover topics such as the status of teachers’ education in Odisha and its challenges, challenges after the enactment of RTE Act, need based and contextualized syllabus, RTE mandate and role of SMC: formation, financing, functioning and governance, understanding community ownership in the context of school education.

Among others, State Convener Anil Pradhan, Centre for Good Governance Chairman Dr Aurobinda Behera and AUPTF Secretary Kanhu Charan Mohanty also spoke at the workshop.

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