Schools are important institutions that help Government in the task of equipping the future generation with the necessary knowledge, skills, aptitudes and personal development, for them to be successful as the future leaders of the country.

The Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr. Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, made this statement yesterday at the centenary celebration of the P.C.K Aryan Vedic School in Vacoas.

In his address, the Prime Minister highlighted that the centenary celebration of the institution is a historical moment as it has contributed significantly to the social and economic progress of the country and carved the successful life of its students. Mr Jugnauth pointed out that the founder of the school, Pandit Cashinath Kistoe, is an inspiration for his determination and values he preached, adding that he not only sensitised people around about the importance of education but also enabled girls to enter the academic world. The key values to achieving success are discipline, determination, commitment, sacrifice and hard work, he stated, while urging students to follow the principles of life that are inculcated by their parents and educators.

On that note, the Prime Minister reiterated that education is Government’s key priority and it aims at ensuring that students are surrounded with an enabling environment for optimal learning experiences and equip learners with the cutting edge knowledge to enhance their life opportunities. The on-going reform of the education system, he emphasised, seeks to create a dynamic learning environment to foster the wholesome development of students in the cognitive, physical, social and personality development of learners so that they are equipped to face life challenges as adults. Governmental measures in this endeavour include the learning of examinable oriental languages, extracurricular activities such as swimming and the introduction of ICT in Primary schools.

Speaking about Government’s vision for the future of the country, the Prime Minister emphasised that the country is in the phase of transformation wherein major infrastructural projects are being carried out to re-engineer and modernise the landscape of the country. Government, he stated, is determined to offer to the youth of tomorrow the legacy of a modern country with a sophisticated transport system, adding that it aims at creating a network of the Metro Express across the country. As regards keeping pace with the digital era and ensuring that the population enjoys local and international connectivity, Mr Jugnauth added that Mauritius will be among the first countries to be wholly connected to the fibre-to-the -home network.

Moreover, the Prime Minister dwelt on the necessity to inculcate the culture of innovation, research and introduce and train the population in the field of artificial intelligence, so that efficient and quality local services are produced.

The Acting Minister of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research, and Minister of Technology, Communication and Innovation Mr. Yogida Sawmynaden, for his part, recalled that education is a key pillar for the country’s development and progress into a high ranking, prosperous nation. Hence, he added, the reform of the education sector is aligned with Government’s objectives to foster a holistic education that generates a forward-looking and innovative generation to contribute to the transformation of the country.

On the occasion, a Souvenir Magazine of the school was launched and the Prime Minister inaugurated a mini Gymnasium and unveiled a commemorative plaque and the bust of Pandit Cashinath Kistoe.

Source: Government of Mauritius