North Gazette News/Dharamshala
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Thursday said Himachal government would appoint one music teacher and one physical training teacher each in all the government schools of the state.
While addressing students during Samman Samaroh for the meritorious students at HP Board of School Education Dharamshala, Singh said that there is a mushroom growth of private schools in every part of the state.
“And to meet the standards, the government would ensure adequate measures to provide all facilities to the students studying in the government schools. To begin with, the government had already decided to introduce Hindi, English and Mathematics subjects’ right from the first class,” Singh said.
“All the government school in the state would have separate toilets for the girls, boys and the teachers so as to maintain cleanliness,” said the Chief Minister, adding that the students would be made aware of the benefits of the cleanliness and to keep their environs green and clean.
He said Himachal Pradesh had made rapid progress in the field of education and the main focus of the government was to open new school in rural and far-flung areas with a special motive to provide education to girl child at their very door-steps.
He said that it was during his tenure as Chief Minister that the School Education Board was shifted from Shimla to Dharamsala despite protests from few.
“I consider Himachal as one and sincerely wanted its office in the lower belt of the State” he said adding that it had progressed in leaps and bounds and today had earned reputation worth eulogizing.
The Chief Minister appreciated the efforts of the Chairman HP Board of School Education Balbir Tegta for taking such an initiative.
Tegta detailed about the various activities of the Board and the achievements during the recent past.
The Chief Minister also performed the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Rs 1.43 crore Press Club building at Dharamshala.
He also inaugurated Data Centre of HP Board of School Education at Dharamshala constructed at cost of Rs 4.90 crore and distributed scholarship to meritorious students of the government schools who had excelled in academics during the last three years and also honoured their teachers for the dedication towards the profession.
Earlier, the Chief Minister was given a rousing reception on reaching Dharamshala during second phase of his winter sojourn.
Transport Minister G S Bali, Forest Minister Thakur Singh Bharmouri, Housing and Urban Development Minister Sudhir Sharma,, Chief Parliamentary Secretary Jagjivan Pal, MLAs Ajay Mahajan, Sanjay Rattan, Yadvinder Goma, Pawan Kajal and Manohar Dhiman, Ex-MLA Surinder Kaku, Chairman Kangra Central Co-operative Bank Jagdish Sapahiya were present on the occasion amongst others.