Quality education for all Govt’s prime goal: Zulfkar

Excelsior Correspondent
RAJOURI, June 3: Minister for Education, Hajj & Auqaf and Tribal Affairs, Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali today said that making quality education accessible for all is the primary goal of the Government and efforts in this regards are underway by the Department of School Education.
“Government is putting all the possible efforts for providing education outreach to all and across all levels from primary to university. For this reforms and expansion go on as a continuous process,” the Minister said while addressing series of public outreach programmes at Koteranka, Khawas, Gundah and Dalheri during his daylong tour of the rural areas of Rajouri district.
Zulfkar said the Government is working on new education policy to bring in reforms in examinations, governance, regulation, school standards, teachers & faculty, literacy & lifelong learning, skills and employability, quality assurance, curricula, innovation, minimizing school dropouts, education of nomads etc. so as to build an education system that promotes equitable access to quality education to all sections of the society.
He said to uphold the dignity of teaching staff and nobility of the teaching profession, the Government is keen to address the issues of teaching fraternity like delay in SSA salary and assured career progression. He said Government also expects them to show dedication and commitment towards their profession.
Regarding other developmental issues, the Minister said the Government is working with a vision and well thought plan to achieve set targets in development of social infrastructure. “Roads are gateway to development and road projects like Rajouri-Koteranka, Koteranka-Khawas, Koteranka-Budhal, Khawas-Kalakote, envisaged Budhal-Shopian and innumerable internal link roads involving expenditure of hundreds of crores are all set to take development to the last post,” the Minister said.
Later the Minister in presence of Member Parliament, Jugal Kishore, laid the foundation for construction of 50 meter span motorable bridge at Dalheri. The bridge will be completed by PWD Division Nowshera at an estimated cost of Rs 4 crore.