PANAJI: Appealing to the intelligent and devoted students to go for teaching profession instead of opting for medicine and engineering courses, the Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar, on Tuesday, said that the government has taken a decision to henceforth annually felicitate three teachers in the field of higher education as well as technical education, on the occasion of Teachers’ Day.
Addressing the state-level Teachers’ Day function at Kala Academy, the Chief Minister said that India observes Guru Pournima as a mark of respect towards teachers, as also celebrates September 5 as Teachers’ Day to express gratitude of students towards their teachers. “It is very important that more and more students make teaching a career, especially as the government is helping in generating quality teachers, and creation of model educational institutions,” he added, pointing out that two colleges with BSc/ BEd and BA/ BEd four-year degree courses have already started functioning in the state.
Speaking further, the Chief Minister said that eight teachers up to higher secondary level are being felicitated by government on the occasion of Teachers’ Day, every year. “However, from this year, we have decided to also felicitate three higher education/ technical education teachers annually,” he announced, informing that the three teachers for this academic year would be selected in next 2-3 months, and felicitated on December 19, the Liberation Day.
Parsekar, who also holds the education portfolio said that a District Institute of Education and Training will be set up in South Goa shortly, as also the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) premises would soon come up at Porvorim, and start educational research. He further said that a compact induction programme of 10 to 12 days duration would be taken up by the Goa Education Development Corporation (GEDC) for teachers, which would work towards inculcating ethical values in teachers.
Stating that Goa is at the forefront in the educational field, the Chief Minister said that from just 3 colleges in Goa, immediately after the Liberation of Goa, the state now has 62 colleges, with 34,000 students studying in them and 2,300 teachers employed.
The Secretary for education, Virendra Kumar, speaking on the occasion, said that teacher’s profession carries great responsibility as faith of students in their teachers extends beyond the impressionable age.
The director of education, G P Bhat said that the government gives importance to the educational sector and hence has increased the share of budget for this sector by 20 per cent from Rs 900 crore to Rs 1,116 crore. He also added that the government has recently recruited 324 English teachers at primary level, as also regularising the teachers for vocational education.
The Chief Minister felicitated eight teachers on the occasion-Flavia Silvia D’Souza, Sulbha Gaonkar, Arun Patil, Colette Francisca Xavier, Shobha Mhadgut, Snehal Sanzgiri, Navnath Sawant, and Anil Samant.