Port Blair, July 15: Mr. Kuldeep Rai Sharma, Member of Parliament met Secretary (Education), A&N Administration to discuss various issues pertaining to the education system of these Islands. Amongst various issues discussed by the MP, the notable were, establishment of Book Bank in all schools & higher education institutions of these Islands and secondly to have a transfer roaster promulgated for a period of 10(ten) years by obtaining willingness of the teachers so that they can better place themselves as per their convenience as per the transfer policy which will help both the teachers and the students.
Mr. Sharma also expressed that two third of the population belongs to youths and administration need to put more thrust on youths by providing them proper infrastructure for games and cultural activities. He further said that he is ready to undertake work in MPLAD fund for Flood light in various Islands at schools having good playing grounds so that youths of the respective area can even play till late evening since sunset is around 5 PM and the youths hardly get any time to play after coming from Schools or Colleges. By doing so the youths of our islands will not get trapped into anti social activities like drugs, ganja etc.
Mr. Sharma said that with education cost shooting up many economically backward students find it difficult to purchase relevant academic books to pursue their education. Formation of Book Banks in schools and institutes of higher education will help the needy meritorious students to pursue education in a cost effective manner without imposing much of financial burden on their families. He said many schools in these Islands are deprived of full fledge library facility particularly in the far flung rural localities, the Book Banks besides text books prescribed as per curriculum will have reference books contributed by various pass out students and academicians which will effectively meet the need of students as well as teachers.
As regard to transfer of teachers to various schools under the UT Administration, Mr. Sharma said that the present system of transfer of teachers from their place of posting to other stations is without any prior intimation which severely affects their family well being on account of children’s education, personal health issue, aged parent’s ailments etc. In order to ease out such vagueness in transfer and posting, Mr. Sharma suggested to have a schedule of transfer prepared for a period of 10(ten) years in advance by obtaining willingness from the teachers however subject to the guideline promulgated in the transfer policy formulated by A&N Administration. Mr. Sharma expressed that by introducing this kind of system, the teachers are well aware of their future time of transfer and posting, hence they will be well prepared for same and the schools education will not get effected by transfer and posting throughout the Islands.