17,043 govt teachers to be trained under NISHTHA

Correspondent KOHIMA, JAN 27 (NPN) | Publish Date: 1/27/2020 12:10:03 PM IST

Altogether 17,043 government elementary school heads and teachers in the State would be provided training under National Initiative for School Heads and Teachers’ Holistic Advancement (NISHTHA), a Central programme under Samagra Shiksha, by March 31 this year. NISHTHA is a national mission that aims to improve learning outcomes at the elementary level through an integrated training programme. 

Stating this at a press conference at directorate of school education here on Monday, school education & SCERT principal secretary Menukhol John explained that the integrated programme aimed to build capacities of around 42 lakh teachers and heads of schools at the elementary level in all government schools, faculty members of SCERTs, DIETs and officials and resource persons of block resource centres and cluster resource centres in all States and Union Territories. 

He said Nagaland has 113 key resource persons (KRPs) who were trained by national resource persons (NRPs) last December and they would be the trainers. He said the first two phases would commence from January 28 till February 1 in all districts, adding NISHTHA would be jointly implemented by SCERT, school education department and Samagra Shiksha in five phases to be completed by March 2020 as per Central directives.

The principal secretary said the school education department was giving more focus on the elementary sector knowing that unless it had strong foundation, the dropout rate would increase. He said Samagra Shiksha had set up a control room at its office with seven Management Information Systems (MIS) personnel to monitor and update the status of training conducted district-wise. 

He informed mediapersons that there would be post training activities too to ensure comprehensive monitoring and mentoring mechanism through embedded post training interventions, while NRPs would regularly be in touch with KRPs through WhatsApp and Facebook groups and personal interactions.

It may be mentioned that the aim and objective of NISHTHA is to motivate and equip teachers to encourage and foster critical thinking in students, handle diverse situations and act as first level counsellors.

NISHTHA is world’s largest teachers training exercise programme launched by the Union ministry of human resource development (MHRD) on August 21, 2019 and is one of the two MHRD transformative ideas. It involves department of school education & literacy and department of higher education of the States in the exercise. Assistant mission director of Samagra Shiksha Kelhikha Kenye gave a brief presentation on NISHTHA on the occasion.

The press conference was attended by school education director Wonthungo Tsopoe, mission director of Samagra Shiksha Nagaland Kevileno Angami, additional mission director Samagra Shiksha Limawabang Aier and others department officials.


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