Jammu and Kashmir could become the first state in the country to confer the status of VIP to teachers. An official proposal to this effect has been generated by Director of Education, Kashmir and has been sent to the administrative department for consideration.
Shah Faesal, who heads the department of School Education in Kashmir, has mooted the proposal of inclusion of teachers in the J&K warrant of precedence.
The letter addressed to the Commissioner, Education argues that in order to restore and enhance the dignity of teachers and the teaching profession there have to be administrative interventions. One such meaningful intervention with lasting impact could be the inclusion of teachers in the J&K Warrant of Precedence.
“A long term and effective intervention could be the inclusion of teachers in the J&K Warrant of Precedence. We could fundamentally change the way teachers are looked at. The teachers will thereafter not only get the respect they deserve but there will be statutory obligation on others to offer courtesy to them,” reads the latter.
Nayeem Akhter, J&K’s Minister for Education, has repeatedly assured the 1.4 lakh teachers in the state of his efforts to facilitate their due place in the system while asking them to sincerely dedicate themselves to the cause of nation building through education. “I, like any well meaning person would, hold teachers in high esteem. Only teachers can bring the required change in society. I will do whatever it takes to restore the pride and glory of the profession,” Akhter told a group of teachers in Srinagar. The idea has generated a buzz on social media and is attracting positive comments.