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Govt to enforce teachers’ recruitment policy
Correspondent KOHIMA, SEPT 23 (NPN):
Published on 24 Sep. 2008 12:41 AM IST
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With the recommendation of the Governor’s Executive Council, the Government of Nagaland has formulated the Teachers’ Recruitment Policy for appointment of teachers at different levels of education as per the guidelines of the National Council for Teacher’s Education (NCTE), New Delhi. The Teachers’ Recruitment Policy states that untrained and under-qualified teachers would not be appointed for service in the state. The professional qualifications required for teachers in the recruitment policy vary according to the standard of teaching. For pre-primary teachers, 10+2 with diploma or certificate in Early Child Education (ECE)/ Pre Service Teachers Education (PSTE) is required; for primary (classes-I-IV), 10+2 with diploma or certificate in PSTE; for Upper Primary (classes-V-VIII) graduate with B.Ed/ PSTE; for Secondary level (classes IX-X) graduate with B.Ed; and for Higher Secondary level, Post Graduate and B.Ed. A handout issued by director of SCERT, Vipralhou Kesiezie, informed that the ratio of untrained teachers in Nagaland had reached 64% whereas the National average of untrained teachers was only 20%. It also stated that due to non-formulation of Teachers’ Recruitment Policy for the last many years, the ratio of untrained teachers in the State had reached such a staggering height. Following the new recruitment policy, untrained teachers would be trained through a six months condensed course of PSTE within a time frame of three years, while pre-primary school teachers would be trained through six months certificate course in Early Child Care and Education (ECCE). All teachers would also be oriented with the revised syllabus and textbooks in all curricular subjects through in-service training programme of six days duration. One year PSTE for elementary teacher would be introduced for three years in view of the immediate requirement of trained of trained teachers in Nagaland. The State Government’s policy decisions on teachers’ education states that teachers found to be under-qualified would be offered the option of availing voluntary retirement or retained for non-academic activities. It may be mentioned here that the first phase of six months Certificate for Primary Teachers’ Education (CPTE)/ Early Child Care Education (ECCE) conducted by the SCERT and DIET, concluded on September 22. About 120 teachers from different districts of the state successfully completed the training.

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