‘Education and health to be made conflict neutral’

The losses in studies of the students last year due to the law and order situation has given severe jolt to their education.

Srinagar: Condemning the obstruction of students` education in the Kashmir Valley during last year`s summer unrest, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah has reiterated his government`s resolve to make education and health sectors neutral to conflict.

"Losses on development fronts can be retrieved but the gaps occurring in education remain unfilled forever. It is the duty of all of us to keep education away from all conflicts, disturbances and politics to safeguard the future of the state," Omar said at a function here yesterday.

He said, students should receive education in conducive and peaceful environments so that they seek knowledge and attain excellence without any hindrance.

The Chief Minister said, the losses in studies of the students last year due to the law and order situation has given severe jolt to their education, which cannot be repaired.

"Same is the case of a patient, who could not get the treatment for his ailment due to disturbances and suffered irreversible loss on health count," he added.

Describing the teaching fraternity as architects of the future, Omar said, the development of high quality human resource is in the hands of teachers. "It is up to you to groom the younger generation and give the state capable, educated and responsible human force to lead in all spheres of life with confidence and ability," he said, addressing teachers.

The Chief Minister said, the demands of the teaching fraternity are under the active consideration of the government and every possible measure would be taken to
address them.

However, he underlined the duty of teachers in keeping schools free from all disturbances.

Education Minister Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed said, during the last couple of years new strides have been made in the education sector in the state.

He said under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) scheme 43,687 youth have been engaged as Rahber-e-Taileen (Education gudies), while 10,497 new primary and 6,651 new middle schools have been established besides constructing 15,000 schools` buildings.

The Minister said, the literacy ratio in the state has increased from 55 per cent to 67.68 per cent in general, while it has shown an increase from 43 per cent to 58 per cent in case of girls.