DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 20: The Government of Nagaland is considering extension of the current academic session (as one time measure) up to February 2021 in view of the disruption in academic activities this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The proposal for extension of the current academic session to February 2021 was proposed in October by the Nagaland Board of School Education (NBSE). As per the NBSE’s proposal, school based/promotional examination will be conducted by the third week of February 2021 (for classes I to IX) and conduct of Board examination (HSLC& HSSLC and Class XI) in March, 2021.
The NBSE’s proposal was also discussed at a high level meeting chaired by State Chief Secretary J Alam (IAS) on October 28 last.
But there are murmurs of discontent from schools (both Government and private) over the practicality of extending the academic session. The disagreement also appears more to do with the Government’s indecision and failure to announce a tangible schedule for the current academic session beforehand and not over extension of the session per se.
In Nagaland, normally the annual academic session (for Classes I to IX) ends by the first week of December with the declaration of results. Final examinations, particularly in the State capital Kohima, gets over by November end before the start of the Hornbill Festival from December 1.
With no notification from the State Government till the second week of November on extension of the academic session to next year, some private schools are already conducting final examinations while others have scheduled their final examinations from November 23.
“We cannot gamble our students’ future on the indecisiveness of the State Government. We cannot wait forever for the Government to make a decision,” was the opinion of some private schools’ managements in the State.
The indecision of the Government is apparent as even after nearly a month after the NBSE’s proposal, it is yet to notify extension or non-extension of the current academic session. The Government appears to be still weighing the proposal even as the academic fate of thousands of students hangs on the balance.
A private school teacher at Dimapur maintained that extension of the academic session for lower classes (Class I to IX) is unnecessary as schools have already completed the syllabus (through online) for the session “so extension of the session is meaningless.” Most parents also concurred that extension of the academic session is impractical.
Another problem is the fate of those schools and their students who are already giving their final examinations? Will it be cancelled if the Government finally decided to extend the academic session till next year? And if the exams are allowed to stand, what will stop others schools and their students not to demand that their final exams get over this year itself like others?
In the October 28 meeting, under the chairmanship of State Chief Secretary, to assess re-opening of schools in the State, Principal Director, H&FW Department, Dr Vizolie Z Suokhrie was not in favour of reopening of schools, by stating that “it may not be the right time to re-open schools at the moment”. He also cited the vulnerability of people during the upcoming winter festive months and the challenges it will pose.
Sharing feedback on re-opening of schools for students of class 9 to 12, State Commissioner, Rovilatuo Mor (IAS) informed that districts that are not averse to school reopening were Wokha, Zunheboto, Tuensang, Peren and Noklak, while Kohima, Dimapur, Mokokchung, Mon, Longleng, Kiphire and Phek were not in favour.
The October 28 meeting had decided to work out in detail the proposal for extension of the current academic session to February 2021 (as one time measure), conduct of promotional/school based examination for class 1 to 9 by the third week of February 2021, conduct of Board Examination for HSLC & HSSLC and class 11 examination by March 2021.
(Page News Service)