Strong educational foundation must for growth: CS

Strong educational foundation must for growth: CS

Govt. schools to have mobile app to update activities

Kohima, May 15: “A strong foundation is a must for any society to grow and it can be achieved through quality education,” said Nagaland Chief Secretary, Temjen Toy.
Speaking at a state level sensitization of district personnel on ‘Community Mobilization and Training’ at Capital Convention Centre here, Toy said education is the strongest foundation and the most important sector for overall progress of a society and that can be achieved only through teachers.
In this, he urged Government school teachers to continue the profession with ‘missionary zeal’ as it is the step which will go a long way in setting the strongest foundation for a better future.
“As teachers, they should be ready to unlearn, relearn and learn as per the need of the hour,” he said.
The Chief Secretary also released a video on roles and responsibilities of School Management Committee and School Management and Development Committees produced by under the initiative of Department of School Education.
Principal Secretary, School Education and SECRT, Menukhol John appreciated improvement in pass percentage of Government schools in HSLC examination this year, which has increased to 43% from 40% last year.
He said even at the higher secondary level, Government schools have done fairly well and especially in commerce stream, Government schools performed much better than the private institutions in terms of pass percentage.
Disclosing that Government of India has started grading each State in terms of performance grading index, John said that things are going to be different with the revamping of Samagra Shiksha and the general activities of the School Education Department.
In this, he said that a mobile app will be introduced next month in all the schools through which various activities of the respective schools will directly uploaded to the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development.
He said the mobile app will help in the visibility of implementing various activities at the elementary, secondary and higher secondary level. He urged all the participants to make full use of the mobile applications in order to bring visible transparency in the activities of every district.
Stressing on the importance of overall performance of the department, he urged all teachers to walk the extra mile to improve performance indicators all year round.
Pointing that Nagaland had shown improvement in terms of gender equation and decrease in dropout rates in schools, he however in the area of physical education curriculum the State stands lowest in the entire country with 13%.
He encouraged all the teachers to concentrate on the area and see that physical education for children is part of the daily routine in all the schools.
John also assured that issues in terms of shortages and timely distribution of text books, uniforms, performance indicators of teachers and students will be addressed in the coming days.
Director of School Education, Wonthungo Tsopoe in his closing remarks said school is a managerial society where its prosperity reflects the prosperity of the society.
In this, he said education department is the only department of the State where the society evaluates the performance every year. He therefore said that one needs to be responsible in carrying out and addressing the problems of the community.
Tsopoe also appealed the respective schools administrative officers to identify the problems and difficulties of the children and to identify the resources that are available in the community, so the department will be able to take the initiative and create community mobilization.
Meanwhile, the Director also sought the support of parents, village education boards and stakeholders in improving the standard of education in the State.
During the technical session, Joint Mission Director RMSA Nagaland, Dr Kevizakie Rio dwelled on ‘roles and responsibilities of SMC/SMDC while Nuchiyi Lohe spoke on account maintenance, record keeping and Shagunotsav.
Other topics on UDISE & ICT, Right to Education and Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan, Shaala Sidhi, inclusive education for elementary and secondary, Mid Day Meal, Learning Outcomes etc were also taken up in the technical sessions. (Page News Service)