ITANAGAR, Jul 15: Chief Minister Pema Khandu launched the ‘Smart Classroom’ project at the Itanagar Government Higher Secondary School, under the Chief Minister’s Adhunik Shiksha Yojana on Saturday.
Addressing the gathering, the Chief Minister hoped that with the introduction of ‘Smart Classroom’, using the Knowledge Yan (K-Yan), it would give a big push to Arunachal’s education sector.
He informed that the ‘Smart Classroom’ project was undertaken through a tri-partite agreement between state’s education and IT Department and EdCIL (India) Limited. As per the agreement, the project would be introduced in government-run primary, upper primary, secondary and higher secondary schools within the next three years.
In the first phase, 713 government-run schools will be covered, which would include 100 higher secondary schools, 182 secondary schools, 178 upper primary schools and 253 primary schools, informed the Chief Minister.
He further informed that 21 master trainers and 1097 teachers across 21 districts have been imparted training on ‘Smart Classroom’, out of which 103 teachers are from the state capital region.
The Chief Minister said it might take some time for the teachers to familiarize themselves with the electronic teaching devices. But with time, such trivial issues could be overcome when we understand the myriad advantages the use of technology in classroom teachings offer.
Touching upon the issue of poor educational performance of the state, the Chief Minister said that the no detention policy in primary classes has severely affected the efficiency of the state’s educational system. He said he is against the no-detention policy.
He announced that from this year onwards, board exams will be introduced for class V and class VIII. Through such system, he hoped that it would bring in sincerity among teachers, students and parents.
He said that education cannot be left alone to teachers and students but emphasized on role of parents as well. He said a collaborated effort of teachers, students and parents is must for quality education for children.
He also appealed to the Education Department officials to review the education system in the state, district and in all rural levels.
Speaker Tenzing Norbu Thongdok also said that education has come a long way from traditional classroom teaching to introduction of smart classrooms, while Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein emphasized on backup plan for successful implementation of smart classroom and assured state government’s support in creating such infrastructure and facilities.
Further, Education Minister Honchun Ngandam appealed to the students from tribal communities to come out from their fear of maths and science subjects. He said smart classroom will be successful when the tribal students develop a smart attitude.
Education Parliamentary Secretary Pani Taram termed the occasion as historic and welcomed the launch of smart classroom concept. He hoped that this would revolutionize the teaching system.