3% decline in school enrolment in 2016-2017
Kohima, July 5: A “Survey on School Based Statistics in Nagaland” conducted by State Council of Educational Research & Training (SCERT) Nagaland as part of “2017: Year of Research” found out certain weaknesses in regard to the facility for Children with Special Needs, hostel facility, TLM and play material, free text book and uniforms, play ground, boundary walls, electricity connection, library facility, computer facility etc.
“We have found out certain weaknesses in regard to the facility for CWSN, hostel facility, TLM and play material, free text book and uniforms, play ground, boundary walls, electricity connection, library facility, computer facility etc.,” the report stated.
The data for School Based Statistical Survey, which was released at SCERT here today, was collected from the entire (1221 schools) Primary and Upper Primary, Secondary and Higher Secondary schools in the State.
The data was collected in collaboration with Naga Students Federation (NSF) and Eastern Naga Students Federation (ENSF) while SCERT research team collected data for Dimapur district.
Based on the findings made in the study, various suggestions were put forward as policy prescription towards improving the quality of school education.
The report stated that the issue of untrained teachers needs to be handled seriously as in the State from 1221 schools and 11488 teachers, 48% of the teachers are still found to be professionally untrained.
It also suggested that the DIKSHA programme be implemented properly so that the State can maintain the exact figure of number of teachers, trained and untrained teachers in the State.
It suggested that for all teachers’ appointment made from Directorate of School Education a copy should be given to Director SCERT for maintaining the proper statistics of teachers.
The report stated that a considerable progress has been made so far in implementing CCE in Government schools across the State and also in regard to School Management Committee and Mid-Day-Meal.
Another major concern is the 3% decline in school enrolment from 2016-2017 and out of 11,488 teachers 48% of the teachers are still found to be professionally untrained, it stated.
The reported suggested that enrolment can be improved by carrying out enrolment drive by working jointly with the EBRC, DIETS, DMA and SDEO.
“It expected that the findings and suggestion of this survey will facilitate in planning, management and monitoring of different programmes being implemented in the State,” the report stated.
Other suggestions incorporated in the report are: provide facility for Children with Special Needs as it is found that 86% of Government schools in the State do not have hostel facility, more schools visits by SDEO, DSE in the districts like Dimapur, Mokokchung, Peren, Phek, Wokha and Zunheboto in a year; more transparency in providing school funds as many schools in all the districts have not received School Development Grant, female representative in the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) as per norms. The report also pointed that providing free text book received on time.
Other suggestion include – provide free school uniforms as many schools in the districts like Dimapur, Mon, and Wokha did not get it; continue the good practices of mid day meal as 96% schools in the state informed that MDM program is being implemented; provide separate teachers room & Head Teacher room as 85% schools responded that they have separate Teachers room; provide safe drinking water facility as 42% schools responded that that there is no safe drinking water facility; provide separate toilet for boys and girls; provide disable friendly toilets as only in 13% schools in the State there are disable friendly toilets; provide ramp with railings; provide safety precautions for the children as 65% of the schools in the State disclosed that there are no safety precautions for the children.
The report further suggested providing playgrounds in the school as 66% of the schools in the state disclosed that there are no playgrounds in the school; provide boundary walls in the school as 77% of the schools in the state disclosed that there are no boundary walls in the school; provide electricity connections in the schools as 54% of the schools in the State disclosed that there are no electricity connections in the schools; provide library facilities in the schools a 89% of the schools in the State disclosed that there are no library facilities in the schools; provide Computer in the school as 61% of schools don’t have it. (Page News Service)