GUWAHATI: To mark the occasion of 62nd Teachers’ Day, Assam, Nagaland and Meghalaya celebrated the contributions of teachers in shaping the future of the region by honouring a total of 103 teachers in their respective states.
In Assam, a total of 36 teachers were bestowed with honours by the state government for their unwavering dedication and commitment to the noble profession. Additionally, nine college teachers and principals received accolades for their outstanding achievements. The awards were presented by Education Minister Ranoj Pegu during a special ceremony commemorating the day.
Addressing the gathering, Minister Pegu highlighted the importance of fostering a relationship between teachers and students based on respect rather than fear. He highlighted the pivotal role that educators play in cultivating a positive and forward-thinking society. Pegu urged colleges to take on the role of mentors for local schools, fostering collaboration and knowledge-sharing within the education ecosystem.
He also called upon teachers, especially those leading institutions, to transform their schools and colleges into centres for the holistic development of students.
In Nagaland, of the 18 honourees, 13 teachers were from government schools, while five hailed from private educational institutions.
Marking the occasion, Dr Kekhrielhoulie Yhome, MLA and Advisor for the School Education department and SCERT, stressed on the importance of recognising teachers as vital contributors to society. Teachers are not slaves and being a Christian state, people go to church on Sundays and so as teachers, they do not get off-days, he said.
In Meghalaya, along with 13 State Teachers’ Award honourees, 36 teachers from across the state received the District Award.
In an event to mark the day held at the U Soso Tham Auditorium in Shillong, Education Minister, Rakkam A Sangma said that one of the cornerstones that goes into creating a great nation is education and teachers help build that dream.
The Minister also reaffirmed the government’s commitment to its ongoing efforts in addressing the difficulties that teachers confront, including wage inequity and delayed salary payment.