President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday stressed on closing the gap in literacy levels of males and females, saying nothing is more saddening than the sight of a girl child being denied education.
“An inclusive approach is critical for achieving our developmental goals and a key objective is to close the male-female gap in literacy.
“Nothing is more saddening than the sight of a girl child being denied education. I take this opportunity to reiterate the motto that all for knowledge and knowledge for all,” the President said here on the occasion of Teachers’ Day.
Underlining the need to fine tune course curriculum and adopt current methodologies to create relevant and effective approaches to teaching, he called for developing systems for continuous assessment of quality of education.
“I am confident that there is greater awareness in the entire teaching community of the need to fine tune the curriculum and adapt current methodologies to create relevant and effective approaches to teaching and learning. “We need to create systems for continuous assessment of the quality of education and the outcome of our educational inputs,” he said.
Mukherjee said participation of the teaching community and parents would be essential in this process so that all stakeholders can ensure the desired results. He presented national awards to 355 teachers from various states teaching in CBSE schools, Kendriya Vidyalayas, among others.
President on the eve of ‘Teachers Day’ on Thursday presented the 55th national awards to teachers for outstanding feats.
177 primary school teachers and 140 secondary school teachers were felicitated along with six teachers in Sanskrit and four teachers from Madrasas. Each award consists of Rs 25,000 cash, a certificate of merit and a silver medal.
Addressing the gathering, the President said that ancient education system was quite enriched and we need to return to that system. He also stressed on promoting female education. HRD Minister MM Pallam Raju is also present on the occasion.
The nation is celebrating Teachers Day on Thursday as a mark of tribute to the contribution made by teachers to the society. The day commemorates the birth anniversary of former President Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, who was one of the great scholars and philosophers of our country.