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With 1:8 teacher-student ratio, Govt schools still facing shortage of teachers in Nagaland

Kohima, June 20: Advisor for School Education, KT Sukhalu today revealed that the present teacher-student ratio in Nagaland Government schools stands at 1:8 (one teacher for 8 students) whereas the actual requirement is 1:25.
We need around 9000 teachers but the State has over 20,000 Government school teachers, he said while expressing displeasure at the poor performance of Government schools in the High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) examinations conducted by Nagaland Board of School Education.
He was speaking at a review meeting on the poor performances of Government schools in the HSLC examinations.
Out of the 294 Government schools, comprising of 41 Government Higher Secondary Schools (GHSS) and 253 Government High Schools (GHS) in the State, students from 233 schools appeared the examinations this year. Out of this, 27 Governmentschools had nil pass percentage while 12 achieved 100% pass result in the HSLC exams 2018.
“The total enrollment of class 10 students in Government schools was 5798, out of which 4163 students appeared the HSLC examination but only 1738 qualified,” said Principal Director of the Department, Smita Sarangi at the review meeting.
She said that the pass percentage of Government schools was 40.77%, a decrease of 1.83% compared to 41.6% pass percentage of 2017.
After listening to the causes for poor performance of Government schools given by DEOs, headmasters, AHMs and teacher in-charge of GHSS and GHS, Sukhalu said, “Time has come to seriously ponder on the actual problems and improve the performance of Government schools”.
Acknowledging that in the past Government had made mistake of random opening and upgradation of schools due to political pressures, he emphasized on the need to motivate teachers and students equally to improve the quality of education in Government schools.
The advisor lamented that despite appointing 2700 teachers under SSA scheme, the quality of education in the elementary and primary sections have gone down instead of improving. “The Government schools are not only having nil result but also poor enrollment of students, which is disheartening,” he said.
He assured that the Department would seriously look into the problems of shortage of teachers and infrastructure in the Government schools.
“Our department can bring change in Naga society by improving the human resource,” he said while also calling upon the teachers not to forget their commitment made on the day of entering the teaching profession “to serve and build a better Nagaland through their profession and also be an instrument of development of our State”.
Earlier during discussions, officials highlighted that the focal cause of poor performance was due to the lack of sufficient teachers and also availability of main subject teachers including Mathematics, Science and English.
Pointing out that students lack interest towards study while parents failed to pressurize children towards education, the educationists said “in rural areas students and parents are more concerned in field works than education”.
No detention policy under the Right to Education Act has also added to the performance of students in Government schools, they said, adding that frequent agitation of teachers appointed through CSS schemes SSA and RMSA has also been a problem.
Transfer of teachers along with post, random upgradation of schools, proxy teachers and teachers resigning in mid session were some of the other reasons cited for the poor performance.
The discussions also focused on minimizing the powers of Village/Ward Education Board and School Management Committee stating that the many VECs were misusing their powers to the extend of not allowing actual teachers to be at their place of posting but appointing proxy teachers and deducting the salaries. (Page News Service)