Port Blair Sept.5: Teachers’ Day was celebrated throughout these Islands, together with the rest of the country today, to mark the birth anniversary of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the 2nd President of India. To celebrate the occasion, a state level function was organized by the Directorate of Education, in the auditorium of Tagore Government College of Education (TGCE) here this evening. The Chief Secretary, A&N Administration, Mr. Chetan B. Sanghi was the chief guest of the function. The Adhyaksha, Zilla Parishad South Andaman, Smt. Baby Fareeda, Secretary (Art &Culture), Smti Neha Bansal and Secretary (Education), Mr. D Manikandan were also present on the occasion. The chief guest garlanded the portrait of Dr. S Radhakrishnan while the other dignitaries also paid floral tributes.
Addressing the gathering, the Chief Secretary suggested for broad basing Teachers’ Day programme by including teachers from Colleges, Senior Secondary Schools, Secondary Schools, Middle Schools, Primary Schools etc so that the programme could be more inclusive and all teachers who immensely contribute in the field of education, could be felicitated. “After all, teachers are the builders of the society and the nation”, he said.
Stressing the need to augment and improve infrastructure facilities in schools, the Chief Secretary said that a lot is required to be done in this regard. There is need to list out the requirements in each and every school so that they can be made available for the teachers and the students. The listing of such requirements can be entrusted with the heads of concerned institute/school and the task of providing the best infrastructure facilities in all the schools should be taken up as a challenge, he said. He also stressed for a transparent transfer policy so that teachers, who have completed their tenures in outer areas can be brought back.
The Chief Secretary also felicitated some teachers, who have achieved cent per cent results in their respective subjects in the last academic year. Congratulating these teachers, the Chief Secretary and urged them to continue working hard and become inspiration for other teachers.
In his welcome address, the Secretary (Education), said, Teachers’ Day, the birth anniversary of Dr. Radhakrishnan, a great teacher and philosopher, is an opportunity for us to felicitate teachers who immensely contribute in educating our children. He said that teachers have done commendable jobs in providing quality education in the Islands, which has been proved by the improvement in overall results of Islands’ schools.
The Director of Education, Mr. Subhankar Ghosh read out the messages of the President of India and the Minister of Human Resource Development on the occasion of Teachers’ Day to the gathering.
As many as 123 teachers, which included PGTs, GTTs and PSTs, were felicitated on the occasion for achieving cent per cent results in their respective subjects during last academic year.
A variety of colourful cultural programme were presented by the teachers of the Education Department on the occasion.