A confluence of educationalists on Monday deliberated on several issues hampering the state education system to bring about positive change towards quality education. Unqualified teachers, imbalance in teacher distribution, proxy teachers, student drop-outs, teacher recruitment policy, etc were some of the major issues that were discussed.
Dwelling on issues and challenges faced in the education system, state project director, training, SSA, Kevi Liegise said many teachers appointed years back were unqualified and weak in English which had become a hurdle in the way of educational progress. With an approximate number of 1472 under matric teachers in the state, an urgent and effective solution was called for.
Stating that distribution of teachers among the schools in the state was highly imbalanced, Liegise mentioned that while some schools were overstaffed, some were understaffed, to the extend of single teacher schools. With the state government’s orders aimed at rationalizing the distribution of teachers among schools, he urged upon all citizens especially the students’ bodies and NGOs to support the action.
He further pointed out that proxy teaching was a serious violation of rules which undermines the search for quality education. “It defeats the aim of the right person getting the right training”, he added.
Liegise also said that training of teachers was of immense importance whereby no education policy would progress unless translated into actual teacher teaching and learning situation.
In Nagaland, the two fold problem of quantity and quality persists with 60% of teachers without long term professional training and short term duration at primary level training taken by 90% of teachers. Stating this, he said “there is an undeniable wide gap between what is desired and what is achieved in terms of quality.” Kevi Liegise called upon teachers for sincerity and dedication in their works. Terming ‘absenteeism and dropout’ as “ugly spots in the education system that refuses to go away”, he said that these problems needed timely and effective solution.
While lauding NGOs for doing a commendable work in this field, he said schools must plan and take necessary action, adding quality initiatives must be taken to improve the education system in the state such as special professional training for primary teachers, pre-service teachers’ education, curriculum renewal and textbook review, communitization of education, pilot project on adaptation of activity based education system of Tamil Nadu and the like.