Srinagar: Minister for Education, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari, on Saturday called on the private schools to extend their reach to far flung areas of the State where there are less or no schools to cater to the children.
“Private schools have covered larger part of urban education and now they should reach out to the far flung areas to cater to the educational needs and supplement government efforts,” Bukhari said.
He made these remarks during felicitation function of Husn-e-Naat competition, the first inter school state level symposium and Naat competition organized by Private Schools’ Association, J&K, where Bukhari was Chief Guest. Secretary Education, Farooq Ahmad Shah was also present on the occasion, an official spokesperson said.
The Minister felicitated and distributed prizes and mementos among the student who achieved positions in Symposium and Naat competition.
Bukhari congratulated the Private Schools’ Association for organizing the competition and announced additional Rs 5000 each to the position holders.
Bukhari said, “through these competitions, the student gets a chance to showcase their talent and thus their confidence is boosted.”
On the occasion, Bukhari said private schools are providing good services with regards to education and government treats them as its partners rather than competitors.
At the same time, he also raised the question about the need of students to attend coaching centers when they are paying heavy fee in private schools.
“I time and again ask the private schools to look into the matter as why their students need to attend coaching schools. Doesn’t private schools have good faculty? Where lies the problem?” Bukhari asked Private schools.
He said that under the leadership of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, the government is committed to address all the problems in the education, be it with private education system or in government institutions.