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Need radical steps: Acharya

- Arunachal governor stresses quality education

Arunachal Pradesh MLAs with governor P.B. Acharya on the first day of the budget session on Monday. Telegraph picture

Guwahati, March 6: Arunachal Pradesh governor P.B. Acharya today said the state government would brook no political interference in recruitment and deployment of teachers to meet the huge challenge of providing quality education.

The frontier state has a literacy rate of only 66.95 per cent, a scenario which might have prompted Acharya to call for "fresh and radical" measures in recruitment of teachers and evaluation of teaching outcomes if the state wanted to impart quality education to its children.

The governor dwelt on the education scenario while addressing the Assembly at Naharlagunon the first day of the 10-day budget session. In his speech, he urged the members to take the state to great heights by following the mantras of "Arunachal Rising" and "Team Arunachal" and stressing the three 'E's - education, electricity and employment.

Acharya said the state's teacher-pupil ratio appears impressive with 14,381 teachers for 257,445 students in 3,317 schools. "There is, however, a clearly skewed distribution of resources - teachers and infrastructure. There are schools in some districts of the state that have teachers far in excess of norms while in some other areas there are no teachers," the governor said.

Acharya said the problem is aggravated by the fact that some of the teachers are ill-equipped and semi-trained.

"My government will remain steadfast in improving the quality of education and will not allow any political consideration to interfere in the policy of recruitment or deployment of teachers. School education will receive a high-policy priority and innovative solutions for teaching tools, leveraging on technology options, will be explored," Acharya, who is also the governor of Nagaland, said.

The state government, he said, would also focus on investing in institutions of higher learning and on scienceand commerce education even if "we have to get quality teachers from outside the state".

"Unemployment, today, is one of the biggest challenges the state faces. Having invested long years in acquiring a college degree, they naturally yearn for avenues of gainful employment... This is an area where our government shall take corrective measures," Acharya said.

He also stressed the need to tie up with leading universities for exchange of teachers to boost faculties in the state.


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