Individuals not satisfied with terms of service can resign: Sukhalu
Kohima, September 5: Nagaland on Wednesday joined the nation in remembering Dr S Radhakrishnan by celebrating Teacher’s Day with a call to teachers to reorient and change the teaching method to inspire the students to learn and perform well in their studies.
Altogether 15 teachers, five female and 10 male, from both Government (10) and private schools (5) were honoured with the State Teachers’ Award 2018 on the occasion organised by Directorate of School Education, Government of Nagaland at NBCC Hall here.
“Our lives have been greatly influenced by teachers who have helped us to mould various aspects of our lives. Teachers, from nursery to university level, have the power to make or break lives with the power of their influence,” said Advisor for School Education and SCERT, MLA K T Sukhalu while addressing teachers and students on the occasion.
Maintaining that education sector needs to keep pace with the fast changing world with the ever shifting demands, he said teachers need to update their skills to cope with these challenges.
“You need to reorient and change your teaching method to inspire the students to learn and perform well in their studies,” he said.
While book teaching is central to an educational system, he said digital literacy can no longer be ignored. In this, the MLA said this is an area where teachers need to upgrade their skills continuously. The use of ITC as a medium of teaching is here to stay, he said.
The MLA expressed disheartenment to note the poor performance especially in Maths and Science which is very much below the national average. The Annual Status of Education Report 2017 says that in Nagaland only 30.4% of the students in the 14-18 age groups can successfully do simple division as against national average of 43.1%. Calculation & evaluation can be managed by only 37.7% of the children compared to the National average of 50%. Whereas only 19.6% of children of this age group in the NE can do basic arithmetic compared to the National average of 37.7%.
Pointing that the teachers in Government High School struggle with teaching the students since most of the students have weak elementary base, he lamented that this gives Nagaland the dubious distinction of a weak academic base, which needs to be changed.
The formative years of childhood stage i.e. 6-8 years is globally acknowledged to be the most critical period for lifelong development, since the pace of development during these years is extremely rapid, he said.
Therefore, the MLA said these early years of childhood need to be supported by stimulating and enriching physical and psychological environment to enable the child’s brain to develop its full potential.
“Many areas of our School Education sector, be it infrastructure or Human Resource Development needs to be addressed. However, the poor performance of the schools is not encouraging,” he said.
He encouraged the teachers saying that it is not a teacher’s job to finish a text book but they should help the student understand what is in the text book and why it is important to study. This matters because this is the foundation on which your students will build their world view and make their career and life choices, he said.
Remarking on the poor performance of several Government schools in producing nil results, the Advisor called upon the teachers, to take a pledge that all Government High Schools and Higher Secondary Schools will not repeat NIL results in 2019.
Maintaining that he has proposed to post Head Master, Assistant HM and subject teachers especially for Maths and Science in all GHS and GHSS to ensure that the students do not suffer for want of subject teachers and are well prepared for the exams, Sukhalu said the only delay is due to the ongoing court case by the teachers on seniority issue.
Further lamenting that certain section of (government) teachers resort to ultimatum, and agitations to press for their demands, Sukhalu said every job both in government and private sectors has terms and conditions and individuals seeking jobs are aware of the nature of employment before applying for the job.
“Individuals not satisfied with the terms of their service should not continue in service and can tender their resignation,” he said.
While also appreciating many sincere teachers in the remote areas who are doing a commendable job, the MLA called them the ‘unsung Heroes of the department’. Nonetheless, he wondered if many of the teachers joined teaching profession without any passion for teaching. He therefore asked them to seriously introspect on their commitment as a teacher.
The Advisor also reminded the teachers to submit their AADHAR number without further delay as the department would shortly introduce AADHAR linked biometric system to check attendance of teachers in schools.
Urging all the teachers to be sincere and diligent in their duties wherever they may be posted, Sukhalu concluded by saying “teaching is a very noble profession… to teach is to touch one’s life forever and teachers are called to make a difference”.
The celebration was marked by paying tribute to Dr S Radhakrishnan by students of Dr Neilhouzhü Kire GHSS, honouring of teachers with gifts by students of Bethel HSS and dwelling on the significance of teachers by TMGHSS, beside various other entertainment programmes including ‘Without you’ by St Paul School.
National anthem was presented by Baptist Mission School, Jotsoma while SDB rector & Parish Priest, Christ the King Church, Rev Fr Paul Punü pronounced the invocation. Principal Secretary, Menukhol John delivered the welcome address while a tribute to my teachers’ by pronounced by Vitsaho Zhotso of Coraggio School Kohima.
(Page News Service)