STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
New Delhi, 5 September
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit announced that school teachers in Delhi now will be allowed to serve upto the age of 65. Keeping in view the shortage of teachers in the schools and government’s decision to make proper utilisation of the experience of teachers, it has been decided by the Cabinet to grant extension to teachers beyond 62 years.
It is a recognition, in true sense, as the government has honoured the experience and skill of those teachers who strived hard to ensure an academic excellence, said Dikshit. The extension is being granted on the similar terms and conditions as was done while extending the age of their serving in the schools from 60 to 62 in 2006.  The present decision would benefit around 50,000 teachers in due course.
On the occasion Mrs Dikshit also presented State Teachers’ Award to 74 outstanding teachers in a function organised to commemorate the Teachers’ Day at Thyagraj Stadium where rich tributes were paid to the former President Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. The award carries a cheque worth Rs 25,000, a shawl and a citation.  Out of 74 teachers, 12 are from the civic bodies’ schools and 14 are sports teachers.
Delhi Education Minister Prof. Kiran Walia, MLAs Dr. Bijender Singh and Mr Jashwant Rana, Principal Secretary (Education) Mr Anindo Mukherjee, Director (Education) Mr Amit Singla and large number of school teachers, students and other eminent persons were present.
Mrs Dikshit further stated that the teachers have been shaping the thoughts of young minds.  They also contribute in character building of the students apart from nation-building.  Our culture and traditions have taught us to give due respect to our teachers.  While referring to the school education in Delhi, Dikshit stated that this is being termed as the best in the country.  The Directorate of Education has taken number of initiatives to ensure the best possible school infrastructure in the city.