Teachers’ Day: Education must be basically in mother tongue: Vice President

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Venkaiah Naidu

Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu has suggested to the Centre and State governments to provide education in the mother tongue. He was speaking on the occasion of National Teachers’ Awards as he felicitated 45 teachers in the capital on Wednesday.

Addressing the teachers and other dignitaries at the event, the Vice-President said, “I would like to advise the government, not only the central government but the state governments as well, that education must basically be in the mother tongue.”

Most of the awardee teachers had used Information Technology and its applications to make learning interesting.

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The awarded teachers included B S Ravi, the headmaster of Zilla Parishad High School in Telangana. He convinced and motivated children and their parents in nearby villages for enrollment in school surrounded by cotton fields. Most of the parents worked as labourers in those fields.

“I realised that these children were working as labourers instead of attending school. So as part of community mobilisation, I went door to door and convinced parents to send their kids to school. Today we have good enrollment and modern labs,” said Ravi on the occasion.

A total of 6,692 applications were received from teachers from all over the country. Every district selected three best teachers and forwarded their names to the committee under the state secretary of education who made a short-list.

Under the revised guidelines, the number of awardees was brought down to 45 from around 300.

Also among other awardees was Manu Gulati, a teacher at Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya in Rohini, Delhi. He used Information and Communication Technology (ICT), music and dance to make English teaching fun.

Basruddin Khan, a teacher for over 24 years, from Haryana’s Mewat area got the award for encouraging girls in the area to join school.

“In 1995, there was just one girl in our area who had completed Class XII. But we went from house to house to enroll girls and also held remedial classes,” he said.

Khangembam Indrakumar Singh from Manipur won the award for his efforts towards refurbishing the school building, changing teaching practices and special residential programmes for slow learners.

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