By Pradeep Kumar
ITANAGAR, Jun 01: Teachers serving in far-flung border areas in Arunachal Pradesh are true sentinels of this sensitive border state of India, Education Minister Taba Tedir said in an exclusive interview to this daily on Monday.
His statement came at a time when Indian and China armies are in a standoff in eastern Ladak since May 5-6 last with China building up troops at various locations on their side of the LAC even as they transgressed in the Finger Area as well as larger Hot Springs area. Of total 3,488-km Indo-China border, Arunachal Pradesh shares border of 1,080-km with China, 440-km with Myanmar and 160-km with Bhutan. Twenty of state’s 60 assembly constituencies touch international borders, 13 of them with China.
While holding a serious discussion with education secretary Niharika Rai, higher & technical education director Dr. Tayek Talom and secondary school education director Gania Laji, the minister stressed on holding online classes being schools closed, school and college examinations being linked to future of the students. These aspects should be dealt with priority, he said without missing any words.
Rai, however, informed that online college examinations would be conducted as decided by the Rajiv Gandhi University. She also suggested conducting reorientation and refreshers’ courses for schools while giving special awareness on novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
Nodding to her suggestion, Tedir added that NCC, NSS, Scouts & Guides should be kept in mind for their special programmes as part of school curriculum.
Pitching in minister’s support, Laji said that of total 186 secondary and 101 higher secondary schools about 10 per cent are located in border areas. More percentage of middle, primary, upper primary and inter-village residential schools are located in borer areas where large number state government teachers are posted, another officer added.
Earlier, the minister had discussed education related matters with Health & Family Welfare Minister Alo Libang, lawmaker Hayeng Mangfi (Chayangtajo) and Kento Jini (Aalo East).