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State School Department: A persistent mess

Nagaland News

KOHIMA, JULY 2: Education Department in Nagaland has been projected in bad light for many years due to many wrong reasons but the Government’s inability to clean the mess has flabbergasted the people.
Some infamous corruption detected in the Department were bogus pension withdrawal, bogus appointment, transfer and posting of teachers and employees, backdoor appointment, alleged misappropriation of fund, irregularities in mid-day meal scheme, proxy teachers, the list goes on.

Recently again, through Right to Information (RTI), backdoor appointments were detected. Now who is responsible for the untidiness in the Department? Why has the Government failed to clean the mess? Has the Government ever awarded befitting punishment to people involved in such magnitude of corruption? It is time for the people to say enough is enough so that justice is delivered. If the Government cannot clean the Department, who will?
This mess and disarray is likely to continue till the State Government applies its mind and have political will to act against unscrupulous employees in the Education Department.
Every year teachers are asked to submit their documents for verification to screen out bogus appointments, fake documents and other illegal papers, despite which the Department is yet to streamline the system and filter out the dirt. Till today the Department seems to have no proper maintenance of records of its employees and that is why every year teachers and staff are asked to submit their documents like appointment order, date of joining, education qualification, date of birth, and many more.
The latest order of the School Education Department is asking Graduate Hindi Teachers to submit their first appointment letter, regularization order, mark-sheet, admit card for BA/MA in Hindi, mark-sheet, admit card for B.ED and supporting documents of birth certificate.
It is a wonder how these people got appointed if the Department doesn’t have the particulars and documents of these teachers.
In the past, several attempts were made by the Department to streamline the system but failed. Why? Again, in a bid to bring some orders in the system, the Department has constituted a committee headed by Nokchasashi, Joint Secretary, State School Education. This committee will look into rationalization and re-deployment of schools, teachers, merging of schools and work out modalities for “golden handshake” or voluntary retirement scheme for the untrainable teachers of SSA, RMSA and state cadres. The question again is why did the Government appoint “untrainable” teachers?
If we see the seniority lists of graduate teachers there are doubtful, spurious teachers and some without complete documents. In the seniority lists there are 659 teachers whose documents are yet to be confirmed, like date of birth, date of appointment, education qualification, date of retirement, B. Ed, date of regularization, GT scale, appointment order without signature, etc. How did this happen?

Indeed there are many more questions to be asked, which the Department needs to answer.
Interestingly even Advisor, State School Education Department, KT Sukhalu has admitted mess in the Department.
In 2018, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, during the Assembly Session, also admitted discrepancies in the School Education Department.
Yet the mess still persists.
(Page News Service)