HP seeks permission to provide training to Primary Assistant Teachers (PAT)


The Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Virbhadra Singh today called on the Union Minister for Human Resource Development Mr. Prakash Jawadekar and discussed various important issues relating to imparting quality education and giving special training to Primary Assistant Teachers (PAT) with a view to empower them to deal with the challenges of implementing the provisions of Right to Education Act in the State.

He extended felicitations to Mr. Jawadekar for his up-gradation as the Union HRD Minister and said that Himachal Pradesh had done commendable work in the field of education and the State Government was committed to provide quality education up-to grass root level for which the support of HRD Ministry was paramount.

He said that there was a need to provide six months special training to already appointed 1259 Primary Assistant Teachers (PAT) to ensure teaching faculty in the interior locations of the State and urged to provide special permission to give them training.

The Chief Minister also raised the issue of holding examinations at 5th and 8th standard to improve the standard of education in the Country. He also urged the Union Minister to give directions to ensure timely release of funds under SSA, RMSA and RUSA so that the pace of development in the field of education could be maintained. He said that Himachal had already excelled in the implementation of compulsory education, SSA and RMSA etc.

He categorically raised the issue of ensuring education to girls particularly in the rural areas and apprised the Union Minister that the State Government had taken various steps to ensure cent-percent enrollment of girls. He said that there was a need to provide liberal financial assistance to open educational institutions so that quality education could be imparted to them near their homes. He also advocated for opening of more vocational training institutes to ensure employment opportunities to the rural youth of the State.

Mr. Jawadekar assured the Chief Minister that every possible help would be extended to the State.

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