Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday steered clear of mentioning anything about the recent attacks on teachers by the students even as she announced to set up an education commission to prepare a vision plan for 2020 and 2030.
The students are our future and they will build tomorrows state and the world. We need to plan for their development. For this,we will set up an education commission comprising four or five eminent educationists,who would draw up Vision 2020 and Vision 2030 in terms of education,so that students are ahead of the competition, Mamata said.
She was addressing a school education department function at the Netaji Indoor Stadium on the occasion of Teachers Day.
Mamata also felicitated 100 primary,secondary and madrasa teachers for outstanding contribution in disseminating education among children.
She claimed that in the last two years,her government had been able to take the state to the third position in education in the country from the 17th position during the Left Front rule.
Our next target is to make Bengal number one in the education sector, she said.
Advocating to bring down the volume of books prescribed in schools,she said,The children carry so many books that by the time they are 18-year-old,they develop spondylitis. I dont approve of such education.
Only bookish knowledge will not be adequate enough in todays world,she said while stressing the importance of extra-curricular activity like sports and games,drawing and painting,songs and dance.
Scoring 100 out of 100 should not be the ultimate motive. Education should be tension-free, she added.
She emphasised that teachers were to be respected everyday and not on just one day but did not raise the recent attacks on teachers even as educationists protested elsewhere in Kolkata.
Later,she launched 21 text books for classes II to VIII of government schools.
Education Minister Bratya Basu also addressed the function and emphasised the need for improving the quality of education in the state.