Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has said primary education was the base of education and strengthening it would lead to progress and prosperity in all spheres.
"The base of education is primary education. Strengthening the edifice of primary education will lead to progress and prosperity in all spheres," Gogoi said.
He termed as "momentous in the annals of education" the decision to grant one-time scholarships to one lakh lower and upper primary students under the Chief Minister's Special Scholarship Scheme 2012-13 and awards to winners of the state- level essay competition on Mahatma Gandhi.
He said the participation of so many school students in the essay competition had sent a message that the young generation yearns for peace and progress of the state and the nation as a whole.
"The young generation inspired by Gandhiji's ideals vis-a-vis non-violence has sent a message loud and clear to those professing violence that what they want is peace and progress of the state and the nation," Gogoi said at the function organised by the Directorate of Elementary Education and Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, Assam.
"These children have reminded the militants about the futility of violence and how the specter of violence has affected them. And how violence would not help to solve any problems and that conciliatory approach is the need of the hour. All this really augurs well for the state," he said.
Gogoi said the State Education Department has taken up a slew of initiatives that has brought about a sea-change in the education sector. "Our efforts have all along been to bring about qualitative changes in the education sector. The various initiatives have transformed the Education Department and given a new direction," he said.
"Earlier, the department was mired in irregularities," he said, adding that the government would continue to make the education sector more vibrant and resilient in the days ahead.
The Chief Minister exuded optimism that the recruitment of good teachers through TET examination would bring about vast improvement in the education sector in the near future.
"We need the best of talents vis-a-vis good teachers; otherwise we would be ruining the lives of many students. The TET-appointed teachers would help to induce qualitative changes in the education sector," he said.
Underscoring the need for basic education that can help a student to cope up with the day-to-day life, he said, "education encompasses everything right from enriching one's knowledge to tackling the day-to-day problems one encounters in life." Plans were also on the anvil to set up model schools on the lines of Navodaya Vidyalaya in selected places initially for the poor and unprivileged students belonging to backward communities, the Chief Minister said.
The government was contemplating setting up of an Education Council comprising educationists, experts and officials for a comprehensive policy on improving the education scenario through new initiatives to provide the best of education to children "who are our greatest assets and the future of our country," he added.