Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh stressed for strengthening of primary schools and starting pre-nursery classes within primary schools for tiny tots. He was presiding over the 4thGoverning Council meeting of Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Rashtriya Madhayamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) here today.He said that department of education should identify such primary schools at all district headquarters and at sub divisional levels where pre nursery classes could be started. To begin with it should be launched in few selected schools. He said that assessment of primary education system was need of the hour and the government was mulling to appoint one teacher each for all classes depending upon the strength of the students in such primary schools. This will facilitate better education to the children and the teachers will get ample time to devote to a single class.
The Chief Minister said that primary schools would only be opened in case of need and requirement adding that enough schools had been opened and now there was need to strengthen and rationalize them.Shri Virbhadra Singh said that teaching should not be taken merely as a profession but as a mission. Teachers should devote more time for children studying in primary schools.
Chief Minister lauded PRERNA and PRAYAS schemes for systematic reforms in education to improve quality and learning level of education.The state government is committed to provide quality education at the door step of every student and has opened as many as 54 colleges during the last almost five years of its regime. The total strength of colleges has reached to 132 which are notified and two more colleges would be notified soon.A presentation on good practices was given by SDM Nalagarh Ashutosh Garg. He said that as many as 62 students of plus one and plus two of selected 16 government schools of Nalagarh were being given week-end coaching for engineering and medical entrance examinations sponsored by Indag Rubber Ltd. He said that the children selected were those who have minimum resource to pursue expensive coaching.The Chief Minister also distributed 'Swachtta Award' to 34 schools for maintaining cleanliness in their institutions.Chairman, H.P. State Education Board Shri Balbir Tegta, Principal Secretary Shri Sanjay Gupta, Director Higher Education, Shri B.L. Binta, State Project Director, SSA and RMSA Shri Ghanshyam, Director Elementary Education Shri Manmohan Sharma were also present on the occasion amongst the members of governing council.