Upendra Kushwaha today felicitated 37 teachers and Principals from CBSE affiliated schools in the capital for their exemplary contribution in the field of education and innovations in classroom teaching for the year 2017-18. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) had invited online applications from the Principals and Teachers for CBSE awards 2017-2018, dumping the manual procedure.
Kushwaha who is the Minister of State for Human Resource Development said that the teachers as role models have long lasting impressions on the students, therefore, there is a need to humanise education by instilling values. He added that the teachers must be competent to face the challenges of the system and know how to implement good practices and educate since teachers are the nation builders.
"Kids tend to think women teachers are like their mother. Would they think the same about men," he wondered. "Women can understand the feeling of children better than men. Understanding their feeling and then teaching them is the most important thing," he said.
He told the teachers felicitated there that they were selected because they were doing more than expected. The minister said two-three incidents "shook him and directed my attention" towards the education system. "A few days ago, the media reported about an engineer who worked abroad. When he returned to India after 6-8 months, he found the skeleton of his mother, who lived alone, inside their home," the minister said, questioning the education "we are giving to our children".
Rina Ray, Secretary (School Education and Literacy) praised all the awardees and said that the main role of the education is to prepare confident students for future and transform them into socially responsible, virtuous and innovative thinkers while education should be accessible, equitable and should promote excellence.
"The role of a teacher is to prepare students by emphasizing on competencies instead of rote learning," she said. The Chairperson CBSE Anita Karwal said that the world is indebted to teachers for they build the nations, global societies and shape the lives of numerous students through teaching and guiding. Each award consists of a merit certificate, a shawl and a cash prize of Rs. 50,000.