Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Wednesday said, that the Central Government
is committed to providing good quality education to every child.
Addressing the National Education Day
function to commemorate the 120th birth anniversary of Maulana Abul
Kalam Azad, Dr. Singh said that a system of education built on the
premises of quality and equity is central to India's rapid progress
as a modern and dynamic society.
Emphasing the importance of good
teachers, Dr. Singh said there was a difficulty in getting top level
professors and lecturers in newly created institutions of higher
"This state of affairs cannot be
allowed to persist and called for addressing the problem of
deficiency in the quality of teaching in schools, colleges and
universities," he added.
He said the realization of the Right to Education does not depend
merely on the expansion of educational infrastructure, but also on
the availability of trained and qualified teachers with a commitment
to their profession.
"An additional million teachers will
be required to implement the act on Right to Education," he added.
Observing that efforts should be made
to find ways to improve the quality of teachers, Dr. Singh asked the
academics and planners to address this problem of deficiency in the
quality of teaching in schools, colleges and universities.
He further said that the country
needed an additional ten lakh teachers to implement the Right To
Education Act, which seeks to provide free and compulsory education
in the 6-14 age group. (ANI)