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School Management Board issues show cause notice to absentee teachers

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Kohima, August 9: Amidst Government schools in Nagaland being labeled as poor performers, marred by absence of teachers from the place of posting, especially in the rural areas, a Village School Management Board (SMB) issuing ‘show cause notice’ to teachers has drawn flak from teachers but gained support from the Education Department.
SMB Thuvopisu under Phek district of Nagaland on August 6 had issued ‘show cause notice’ to 8 teachers, including the officiating head master, of Government school in the village to respond within 7 days for willful absence from duty since March-end when lockdown was imposed as containment measures against COVID-19.
Chairman of SMB, Thuvopisu Vesathu Dozo said, “As school management board we are concerned for the academic progress of our students and despite government standing orders directing the teachers to be present in place of posting, six of them, who are from other parts of the State are absent”.
“We issued the show cause notice because we do not want to put our students’ career at risk,” he said, while justifying that even as the department has taken various efforts to impart online education, many parents cannot afford mobile phones compatible for online education.
Concerned over the dilemma faced by students and parents in this remote village, the SMB and village authorities have purchased a projector to help students but in the absence of teachers it has become difficult to make it functional, he said.
“We only want that the teachers make their presence felt, be it on roster system so that students can clarify their doubts and attain quality education,” he quipped, while cautioning that “if the teachers continue to remain absent we will be compelled to resort to legal course because as SMB we are not empowered with appointment or removal of teachers”.
Schools gearing up for midterm exams
Meanwhile, following the Nagaland Board of School Education notification issued in July, the schools are gearing to conduct midterm examination for classes VIII, IX, X through online or offline mode.
During the conduct of mid-term examination, schools need to tell the students that they should send their answers honestly whether through online or offline mode, the NBSE said while also informing that schools that have online facilities to conduct the mid-term examination are encouraged to do so, but schools that do not have the online facilities, can give typed questions, photocopy it and give out to their students.
However, the ‘show cause notice’ from SMB has raised questions from among the government teachers as to how can the SMB issue such orders without approaching the rightful authority.
Nonetheless, on being contacted, Principal Director of School Education, Shanavas C said, “There is no holiday for the teachers. Definitely schools cannot run due to the pandemic but teachers have to be present at the place of posting and make notes and worksheets for distribution to the students”.
Teachers have to be in station so that distant education continues amidst the lockdown while they have to make entry in the Teachers’ Diary of whatever notes they have distributed to the students, which will be monitored by the department, he said. (Page News Service)