GUWAHATI, March 29 � Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has said that the State government would take special initiatives to educate school drop-outs and other underprivileged students by bringing them to the mainstream.
Speaking at the concluding function of the Sishu Samaroh organised on the occasion of Rongmela-2015 at the Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra here on Friday, Gogoi said the educational scenario of the State would not improve unless the underprivileged and school dropouts were given the right kind of education, official sources said.
The growth of the State in the field of education cannot be expedited so long a sizeable section of the underprivileged students continue to lag behind, the Chief Minister said, reiterating that the future of Assam rested on its children who are very talented. He said the State government was committed to providing top class education to its children to stimulate their growth and advancement. He also mentioned that because of the timely intervention of the government to provide free textbooks, uniforms, mid-day meals, drinking water and sanitary facilities, the educational scenario in the State had undergone a tangible change.
Giving thrust to a system of education which would stimulate self-empowerment, Gogoi advocated a school curriculum that inculcates entrepreneurial skills among its students. He also said that he would instruct the education department to take necessary steps to provide computers in the primary and upper primary schools to help the students get familiarised with computer-driven education, which would help them in their studies further.
The three-day Sishu Samaroh, attended by students from all over the State, witnessed several programmes essentially aimed at helping the students to hone their latent qualities.
Additional Chief Secretary Rajiv Kumar Bora, Mission Director Asom Sarba Siksha Abhijan, Aruna Rajoria, Commissioner-Secretary Elementary Education Preetom Saikia along with others were present at the function.