Gangtok: Two teachers from Sikkim are among the 44 selected by the Union ministry of education from across the country for National Awards to Teachers 2021.
The two recipients from Sikkim are Mingma Sherpa, headmaster incharge of Government Primary School in Lum, North Sikkim, and Prem Das Chettri, post-graduate teacher at Sir Tashi Namgyal Senior Secondary School in Gangtok.
Sherpa has been recognised for his efforts towards the enhancement of enrolment and retention of children in the school system. Preparation of low cost and no cost TLMs, activity-based learning and innovative pedagogy process initiated under his leadership have resulted in improving the quality of education.
Under Sherpa’s guidance, seven students of Class V were selected for the prestigious Chief Minister’s Scholarship Scheme. They are currently pursuing their education in reputed public schools outside the state.
Efforts made under his leadership for promotion of inclusive education and infrastructure development through community mobilisation are also praiseworthy.
Meanwhile, Prem Das Chettri has guided his students in different national and international level competitions in science and innovation. He bagged the second position at a national-level competition on innovation in 2017. He represented the state in the Vibrant Gujarat Submit on Technology and Innovation in 2018.
Chettri also conducted free winter coaching for students of Sikkim falling under economically-weaker sections during the winter vacation. He has been conducting free online classes for all the students of Sikkim in the subject of physics during the COVID-19 pandemic. He also designed the online admission system for all the Senior Secondary Schools of Sikkim.
Chettri also represented India in a science exchange programe in Japan in 2017. He is actively involved in supporting the school in the areas of administration, academics and other activities.
The purpose of the National Award to Teachers is to celebrate the unique contribution of the teachers and to honor those teachers who through their commitment and industry have not only improved the quality of school education but also enriched the lives of their students.
The award is given every year to provide public recognition to meritorious teachers working in primary, middle, and secondary schools.
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