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Legislators stress on exempting DoSE from ban on appointment

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Nagaland has 10K excess Govt. teachers: CM Rio

KOHIMA, NOVEMBER 24: The 60-member Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) today stressed on the need to exempt the School Education Department from the purview of ‘ban on new appointments’ and enable Government schools to function with full strength of teachers from the next academic session.
The legislators expressed the view during Question Hour on the first day of the 2-day winter session of the State Assembly.

Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said the student-teacher ratio is 10:1 whereas the national average is 30:1 while Nagaland’s ratio is very good but subject teachers are not available, particularly math and science.
“We have an excess of about 10,000 Government teachers so no issue of less or shortage of teachers and redeployment exercise is in progress”, he said.
There is no shortage of teachers but the discipline or the subjects for which teachers are appointed is not as per need, he said.
He also highlighted that during appointment of SSA/RMSA teachers in the past some mistakes were committed and they were regularized despite withdrawal of the CCS following their agitation which was also supported by civil societies.
He said some schools have no enrollment but there are teachers while in some schools there are more teachers than students.
Rio clarified that because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government had banned appointments but since things have eased, the ban has been lifted.
However, he said following the Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) demand that unless Nagaland Service Selection Board (NSSB) conducts interview there should not be any departmental interview for appointment, the process of NSSB had started but with Eastern Naga Students’ Federation (ENSF) demanding that unless 45% reservation is given to ENPO area no interview or appointment should be conducted.

In between this some people went to Court, which has banned all appointments and the Government is struggling with this till today, he said.
Rio therefore requested for some time to resolve the issue while it has also requested the Court to remove the restrictions.
Reiterating that a major exercise is going on to club schools with no enrollment or nil result, he requested the members to cooperate to work out a formula for the children’s education.
Earlier, NPF MLA Yitachu said 2 years of COVID-19 pandemic has affected students adversely, particularly in rural areas and now it is time to gear up and go for full scale education of children in the new academic session.
He said primary sections should be given importance and teachers’ appointment should be allowed in full strength to impart proper education to the primary section.
Yitachu stressed that there has to be an exception for the School Education Department to make appointments. He also requested the Leader of the House, Rio to fill all the vacancies and ensure full strength in primary schools in the interest of quality education.
To this, Minister in-charge of School Education, Tongpang Ozukum said shortage of teachers is one of the biggest problems in the entire State faced by the Department despite efforts by successive Governments to redeploy them. He however asserted that teachers’ redeployment would be done.

Highlighting that appointments have been banned since April 2020 till now, he said Cabinet had decided to appoint 50% of the vacancies but that was challenged and the Court stayed the matter. As and when this is opened measures will be taken accordingly, he said.
He said there is excess teachers in urban schools but they don’t want to go to interior areas.
Leader of NPF Legislature Party Leader TR Zeliang said there are 4 categories of lifestyle in the State ~ well-to-do-family, middle class family, poor family and poorest of the poor.
Parents of the first 3 classes don’t want to send their children to GPS thinking that quality education cannot be obtained in Government schools but the poorest of the poor in rural areas are compelled to their children to GPS for education.
He said although during the pandemic period schools closed down and started online classes but now schools have started re-opening but schools are facing shortage mostly due to retirement and few deaths during the 2 years.
Government schools can’t function without teachers as it would adversely affect students’ careers, he said.
Zeliang, while urging the Leader of the House to consider the request of the School Education Department to make appointments, also requested the State Cabinet to discuss the problem of the Education Department seriously.
He said other Departments are also equally important but the School Education Department should be exempted from the ban on appointment.
MLA Imkong L Imchen also suggested that the Medical and Education Departments should be exempted from the ban on appointment. So he requested the Government to review and exempt the 2 Departments.

Advisor for School Education KT Sukhalu said teacher-student ratio does exist, but though there is an excess of teachers, they are not as per requirements of the areas.
Government has made it clear that every post will be through an interview but it would be difficult in primary level as the teachers would face language problems. Nonetheless, he asserted that if the Government gives the go ahead and the Court clears the pending matter the Department will look into the appointment of teachers.
Earlier, replying to a starred question raised by MLA Yitachu with regard to GPS under Meluri Sub-Division, Minister in-charge of School Education, Tonpang Ozukum said that there are 22 GPS under SDEO Meluri with a total strength of 111 teachers. The Department of School Education is in the process of meeting the inadequacy through redeployment or through recruitment, to improve the quality of education.
(Page News Service)