Teachers Day Award: Venkaiah Naidu emphasises on imparting school education in mother tongue

Published on: Sep 6, 2018 10:03 IST
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Teachers’ Day Award: Venkaiah Naidu imphasises on imparting school education in mother tongue

Yesterday, the whole country celebrated Teachers’ Day with joy and love. Many teachers were felicitated by the government for their excellent work in the field of education. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu also made a strong pitch for imparting school education in mother tongue throughout the country. He stated that the history books should include chapters on local personalities and eminent Indians who have made the country proud through their hard work. M Venkaiah Naidu, who presented the national awards to about 45 teachers on the occasion of Teachers Day, stated the students should develop a strong attachment to their country and have a feeling of “Indianness” rather than “ape” the west.

He also talked about the importance of teachers and how no machine can replace them, no matter how much we excel in the field of technology. According to him, a teacher can shape them in becoming a good citizen. He said children who see Google should also apply their mind, adding “Google can never replace guru”. “I would like to advise the government, not only the central government but the state government as well that education must basically be in the mother tongue” he stated at the event.

Naidu, nonetheless, clarified that he was not against English medium schools while he tried to make the audience realise that only the students going out from these schools can prevail throughout everyday life. He gave examples of himself, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and some chief ministers who ascended from humble foundation to possess established posts. Discussing historical figures and social reformers, for example, Mahatma Phule, Narayana Guru, M Visvesvaraya and Kabir, the Vice President said history chapters should center around them and not British rulers who “looted “the country and “our mind ". He likewise hammered those restricting the consideration of neighborhood history in course books. Naidu proposed the instructors continue updating their expert skill and raise the standard of training, as he communicated worry over decaying gauges of learning result in schools.

Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javedkar listed various initiatives launched by his ministry under the ambitious ‘Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan’ to impart quality education. The initiatives include upgradation of Kasturba Gandhi Vidyalayas from class VIII to class XII and giving annual grants to 15 lakh government schools for library and sports facilities. The choice of the instructors for the national honors was directed under an overhauled rule this year, says an announcement. The quantity of awardees was brought down to only 45 from around 300 awardees. Lion's share of the instructors granted today utilized IT application in making getting the hang of fascinating for understudies, it stated, including some of them even created learning-based applications.

The nominated teachers had given a presentation last month before an independent jury comprising a senior educationist. This ensured that all of them were given an opportunity to place before the jury their contribution and the work done by them, the statement said.

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