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DSEJ reviews educational landscape in Kishtwar

Emphasises Key Reforms, Improvements; Inspects ongoing works

KISHTWAR: Director School Education Jammu, Ashok Kumar Sharma, conducted a comprehensive visit to District Kishtwar today, chairing a crucial meeting with Principals and Heads of Institutions (HOIs) to review the educational scenario and discuss key issues.

The meeting aimed to identify gaps and formulate strategies for enhancing the educational infrastructure and quality in the district.

The meeting was attended by Joint Director School Education Doda-Kishtwar-Ramban Dharinder Sharma, Chief Education Officer (CEO) Kishtwar R. K. Vesheshta, DIET Principal Kishtwar Prehlad Bhagat, Deputy CEO Masood Hussain Qazi, along with all Principals, Zonal Education Officers, Heads of Clusters, and HOIs of high schools in the district.

After a detailed presentation on the educational profile of the district, Ashok Kumar Sharma made certain observations and directed for improvements through proactive measures.

The Director observed gaps in key indicators and deliverables and stressed the importance of bridging these gaps.

Emphasis was placed on mobilizing resources for starting pre-primary classes in alignment with NEP-2020 guidelines, maintaining the student-teacher ratio and strengthening "AGHAAZ Labs" in all clusters to spark student interest in science.

The DSEJ underlined the need to intensify enrolment drives, involving teachers, parents and School Management Committees (SMCs) to ensure no student is left out of school, thus preventing dropouts. Strategies for the saturation of the Back to School initiative were also discussed.

Focusing on the Resource Rationalization, the Director emphasized on following a rational approach to utilize available resources efficiently to achieve educational excellence on par with district standards.

Emphasising the infrastructure development, the Stress was laid on the timely completion of projects under SAMAGRA, UT and District Capex.

Collaborative efforts from district authorities, the School Education Department and SMCs were urged to overcome hurdles in ongoing infrastructure projects.

The Director called for ensuring teachers/staff punctuality and the implementation of biometric attendance for real-time monitoring. He also recommended forming of Attendance Monitoring Committees in each cluster and taking stringent actions against derelict teachers.

Besides, the discussions included promoting CAL/ICT Centres, strengthening girls' hostels for students from remote areas, and ensuring the on time provisions of free textbooks and uniforms at the elementary level at the onset of the current educational session. The need for e-Office implementation, remedial classes and capacity-building workshops for HOIs, DDOs, and teachers was also underscored during the meeting.

CEO Kishtwar was directed to ensure the timely disposal of regularization cases for ReTs and RRTs and one-time exemption cases. Sharma assured redress of grievances and implementation of effective solutions promptly.

The meeting concluded with a focus on collaborative efforts to foster an efficient and effective education system, driven by the punctuality of teachers and proper monitoring by school heads.

Later, Director School Education Jammu also inspected the ongoing Construction work of Remodeling of GHSS Boys Kishtwar under UT Capex Budget and assessed the pace and progress of the work. He emphasised time bound completion of works by mobilising the men and resources.

During his visit at DIET Kishtwar, he interacted with the staff and reviewed its functioning.

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