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Kohima, October 15: Advisor for School Education, K T Sukhalu today said that efforts are being made to rationalise deployment of Government teachers, specially maths and science teachers, in order to improve the performance of Government schools.
Addressing the inaugural session of the three-day workshop for Mathematics teachers of GHSS, GHS and GMS organised by Directorate of School Education at Ura Academy Hall here, Sukhalu said education and health care is very important for any society to progress.
“A society having good human resource will prosper but if the human resource is not good even if there is best infrastructure available it won’t serve the purpose,” he said.
Expressing that many Government schools don’t have maths and science teachers, he acknowledged Chief Minister and the State cabinet for taking a decision to convert some out teachers post to that of maths and science so that all the Government schools have teachers before the next final exams.
Pointing that the Government has been downgrading of schools because of nil results in the HSLC and HSSLC exams, the Advisor however lamented that by doing so “the department has not done justice to the schools as it was unable to post maths and science teachers while schools are also faced by the shortage of teachers.
In this, while remarking that schools in urban areas have excess teachers, Sukhalu said the Department has taken decision to have composite schools and also rationalization of teachers.
The Department will work out students-teachers ratio, and propose rationalization by January, he said while also informing that he has personally requested his legislator colleagues not to recommend for non-transfer of teachers.
Meanwhile, appreciating the local boys and girls, who are math and science teachers for taking up the challenge of teaching the two subjects, the Advisor however said “as teachers they should be aware that students need encouragement and motivation”.
Expressing that politicians are to be blamed, he maintained “in reality the blame has to be on teachers for not being able to motivate and guide the students properly”.
“Just teaching alone will not help them but the way you teach and provoke them with the ideas along with personal attention to improve and overcome the phobia of maths and science,” he said.
Stating that Nagaland has young population who can do many things and achieve greater heights, the Advisor remarked that the State is faced with appointment and unemployment problem and if they (youngsters) are not given proper education and guidance, they will become burden of the society.
In this, he urged the teachers to be dedicated and sincere and also appealed them to work hard towards achieving the target no nil result in governments from the next HSLC and HSSLC examinations.
He also affirmed that the Government and department would make best efforts to see that maths and science teachers along with Head Masters and Assistant HM will be posted soon in all the government schools.
“Let us all have the same dream of making the 2019 HSLC and HSSLC exams of government schools better,” Sukhalu urged.
Briefing on the Mathematics module by Associate Professor State Council for Teachers Education, Dr Sandip Ratna said a finding of National Achievement Survey conducted jointly by NCERT and UNICEF, 2017 in Nagaland, covering three standards of classes 3, 5 and 8 is that 64% of class 3, 46% of Class 5 & 34% of class 8 students responded correctly on Mathematics.
It is evident from the data that students’ performance is good in Maths at early stages, he said.
He also said that a study conducted by himself in 2016 on methodology practiced by Maths teachers in secondary school of Nagaland reflects that there is mismatch between teachers teaching style and students learning, which is one of important factors of poor performance in maths.
He said that private school maths teacher uses verity of teaching methods, including conduct of frequent test, provides more attention where demanded.
In order to address the problem, Dr Ratna said the primary objective of the three-day workshop is to highlight on problems of teaching-learning of mathematics by introducing constructivist approach of teaching-learning.
Chaired by Additional Director Razouseyi Vese the workshop commenced with prayer by Assistant Director Visetonuo while Director Wonthungo Tsopose delivered the welcome address and concluding remarks by Principal Secretary Menukhol John. (Page News Service)