PUDUCHERRY: Chief Minister N Rangasamy presented the State awards for the best teachers at a function organised on the occasion of Teachers Day celebrations on Friday.
Seventeen teachers were awarded while 193 retired teachers were felicitated at the function attended by Education Minister T Thiagarajan, secretary to the government G Ragesh Chandra and Director of School Education L Kumar.
Addressing the gathering, Rangasamy said the government would make efforts to implement the demands of the teachers, including the filling up of the vacancies.
Stressing that the administration was aiming to achieve the target of 100 per cent literacy in the UT, he said it was also keen on imparting quality education to all the students including the poorer sections and the introduction of the CBSE syllabus from this year.
The CM added that students would always remember their primary and middle-level school teachers as they lay the foundation for moulding their future.
Meanwhile, a group of retired teachers reached the venue of the function at the Mother Theresa Post Graduate and Research Institute, Indira Nagar, Gorimedu, and explained to the school education officials about the ‘shabby’ treatment meted out to them. Speaking to the joint director, one of the retired teachers said the government’s instruction to the them to attend the function with a copy of the pension payment orders was an insult to the teaching community. The officials assured them that such instructions would not be issued again.