New challenges under discussion at schools

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The radical changes being proposed in the education system by the Centre pose a big challenge and we must carefully weigh the pros and cons, said minister, school education, Partha De at a seminar organised by the Association of Anglo-Indian Teachers in West Bengal (ATAIS) at the GD Shaw Hall in Buntain Education Centre of Assembly of God Church School on Wednesday. De was speaking on the topic Challenges in teaching today'. Other speakers included Sushmita Bhattacharya, councillor, Kolkata, Anwar Premi, honorary general secretary, Sir Syed Group of Schools and Barry O'Brien, Anglo Indian MLA. O'Brien spoke on the various challenges that busy parents face while ensuring good education for their children. He also elaborated on the importance of good education in society.

Sushmita Bhattacharya said that the professional atmosphere amongst teachers must be amiable. It is important to have a happy staffroom' the hub and centre of the school she said. Anwar Premi said education should not be treated as a money-making business. Professor Suman Mukherjee, director, J D Birla College moderated the lively seminar which was followed by the 51st annual general meeting of ATAIS. Principals, headmasters, teachers and staff of around 42 Anglo-Indian schools attended the programme.

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