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Worsening condition of Govt. schools worry NLA Members

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KOHIMA, NOVEMBER 26: The 2-day Winter Session of Nagaland State Assembly witnessed Naga lawmakers expressing deep concern over the worsening condition of Government schools in the State and called for devising mechanism and measures to salvage the needy students.

Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has said that there are around 10,000 excess teachers but there is shortage of subject teachers in several schools across the State. While Advisor to School Education Department, KT Sukhalu today informed the House that there are around 850 vacancies of teachers but recruitment could not be taken up due to intervention by Court. He said there are 1953 Government schools in the State with 19600 teachers but still there is a shortage of subject teachers. He said to mitigate the shortage of subject teachers, the Department was contemplating to initiate recruitment drive but due to the Court case the proposed exercise could not be initiated.
The Adviser further said, there are shortage of administrative officers and that many offices in the districts and Sub-Divisions are functioning without administrative officers such as Sub-Divisional Education Officer, District Education Officer, etc. But he added that the Department is working on to streamline the system and bring back the Department to order.
To a question raised by NPF Lawmaker and former Education Minister Yitachu, the Minister in-charge of School Education said the total vacancies of Maths and Science Teachers in the State as on October 31, 2021: Maths-75, Science-112 with a total of 188.
He also informed that there is shortage of Assistant Headmasters of over are over 300 in the State, apart from shortage of Headmasters in many schools.
Sukhalu said the Department is trying to streamline the system within the Department. “We are trying to streamline the Department”, he added. He said trying to clean the accumulation of many years is not a mean task.
He said Government is also insisting on the Union Government for “golden handshake” for untrainable teachers so that in place of them qualified people could be recruited.
The State Government is also facing problems to recruit teachers as the Central Government has barred recruitment of teachers without B. Ed and other mandatory additional qualifications.

To the questions on how the Department plans to fill up the vacancies and whether there is any policy in place to cover up the Maths and Science teachers, the Minister said on account of the partial lifting of the ban on recruitment, in accordance with the rules of the Government, the Department will undertake recruitment to fill in the vacancies at the earliest.
Minister for Mechanical and Housing, Tongpang Ozukum, who replied on behalf of the School Education Department during Question Hour, said alternative plans are also being made to utilize PGT Maths, Science and Computer Teachers to teach the 2 subjects in the secondary section.
MLA Yitachu suggested that for Maths and Science teachers there should be an open recruitment so that qualified non-Nagas can also be recruited adding that there is shortage of Maths teachers in all States in the country.
Other Members supported the suggestions of the MLA.
(Page News Service)