Panaji, September 5, 2017   .. Chief Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar presented State Awards to teachers from different sections of Education at a State Level Teacher’s Day Function organised by Directorate of Education today.  The teachers who were honoured include- Primary section: Smt. Kusum V. Salkar, Govt Primary School Saligao Bardez and Smt. Renuka Maruti Rao Goral, Govt Primary School, Morpirlla Quepem.

Secondary section: Smt. Aruna Rajesh Patnekar-St. Mary’s Convent High School, Mapusa, Shri. Jayesh Manohar Naik- Mushtifund High School, Cujira Bambolim and Shri. Ambrose D’Souza-Dr. Sakharam Gude High School, Vanzagal Shiroda.

Headmaster’s category: Shri. Shrikrishna Saju Naik, Govt High School, Kudchire Bicholim,  Smt. Purnima Ramesh Naique, People’s High School, Panaji and Smt. Pratibha Amul Agranayak, Popular High School Comba Margao.

The State Award for College teachers were presented to Dr. Smitha Bhandare- Kamat- S.S. Dempo College of Commerce and Economics, Cujira, Dr. Nandkumar Sawant, Principal of Chowgule College, Margao  and Dr. Bernard F. Rodrigues from Department of Botany, Goa University.

Awards were also presented to taluka Assistant District Educational Inspectors (ADEIs) for generating funds towards teachers in need. The ADEIs of Bardez, Salcett and Bicholim bagged first, second and third places respectively.

Secretary of Education Shri. Daulat Hawaldar, Director of Higher Education Shri. Prasad Lolyenkar, Director of Education Shri. Gajanan Bhat were present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister congratulated the Award winners and stated that a teacher build a human being which further forms a healthy generation. “The advantage of becoming a teacher is that- he/she earns satisfaction out of his/her work and is fateful when students climb the ladder of success.”

Shri Parrikar also proposed to change the selection process for these awards from next year. “I am making a suggestion to let the students recommend their best teachers from the upcoming year. Ex- students can also be a part of this process by via online poll.  Reviews from colleagues may also be considered. This will provide us with deserving as well as good teachers and help in maintaining transparency,” the Chief Minister stated.

He also urged the teachers from unaided schools to register for D.Ed till September 15 as it will be made mandatory from 2019. He also spelled out his plans to introduce value education, civic sense, traffic rules and personal hygiene in middle school education as special subjects from September 6-11. “Dispensing machines will be provided to schools by end of this year to ensure health of girl students. Rotary Club had already shared this responsibility in few schools. A person who doesn’t keep him and his surroundings clean may be literate but is uneducated. So, Swatch Bharat and education are closely related and a program will be drafted for primary section.

Our tradition of ‘guru-shishya’ edifies us to respect our teachers. Vice versa, a teacher also, must not keep any question raised by a student unanswered. Let your students learn to think. It is only then we will attain quality education,” the Chief Minister said.

Shri Hawaldar welcomed the gathering. Students of D.Ed College, Porvorim presented welcome song. Shri. Gajanan Bhat proposed vote of thanks. 


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