Bhubaneswar: School and Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Dash today met Union Minister for Human Resource Development (HRD) Ramesh Pokhriyal and urged him for timely disposal of central funds to help the state of Odisha achieve excellence in the sphere of education.
During his visit to the national capital, Dash held a discussion with the HRD Minister and appraised him that though the state is striving hard to achieve excellence in education, paucity of funds at times have proved to be biggest stumbling block to achieve desired results.
Dash also urged the HRD Minister to enhance the honorarium to Rs 600 as central share for each cook-cum-helper in the state. He also sought release of Rs 2291.53 lakh as Centre’s share towards Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Teacher Education and Samagra Sikshya.
Dash also requested Pokhriyal to extend the dateline for acquiring required qualification by existing elementary teachers to March 31, 2020.
Moreover, he approached the Union Minister to conduct a Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) through a national testing agency for the entire country to maintain parity in the education system.