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JRM wraps up SSA Nagaland mission
Correspondent, KOHIMA, JAN 23 (NPN):
Published on 24 Jan. 2009 1:10 AM IST
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The 9th Joint Review Mission (JRM) and the first to SSA Nagaland led by Prof. Mohammad Miyan, Government of India nominee and Kailesh Kumar, World Bank representative wrapped up its week long visit to the State today. The team accompanied by State Mission Authority (SMA) and DMA staff from Phek and Kohima districts visited 15 schools and two EBRCs and interacted with the VECs, WECs and teachers. Presenting its findings and observations on various interventions of SSA programme at a wrap-up session at Hotel Japfu this evening in the presence of top bureaucrats of the State, the team lauded the Communitisation programme being implemented by the villages and the role of the community in improving the infrastructure of schools. However in some schools, the team found that the civil works were over-stretched and in some there were no rationalization in terms of allotment of civil works. It suggested that certain engineering input should be supplemented and clear criteria should be adopted in allotment of civil works. Stating that accessibility and retention were important for quality education, the JRM felt that along side the infrastructure and other facilities provided under SSA, there was a need to improve on quality aspects as envisaged in SSA. Prof. Mohammad Miyan said that the Government of India has given special attention to Nagaland and it would like to see the progress in Education sector, a positive development in the area of education, more interest by the community in schools and hoped the VECs will do more for education in the State. The JRM suggested for strengthening the monitoring and supervision at all levels, strong mechanism to ascertain the out of school children and school drop outs and address the issue of teachers’ training. The team viewed that the basic responsibility lay with the teachers to bring up children to a certain level and enhance the level of interest by continuous support through teacher training. World Bank representative Kailesh Kumar said that for SSA objectives to be achieved, competency of teachers and ToTs were vital and that DIETs should be made an integral part of SSA programme. Responding to the suggestions and observations made by the JRM, Banuo Z Jamir, additional chief secretary admitted that there was an urgent need to evolve a strong monitoring and supervision mechanism and said that the issue would be taken up with utmost priority in 2009-10. Admitting that there were inconsistencies in the data of school drop outs and out of school children provided by the NGOs, the additional chief secretary said that the department is contemplating on conducting the DISE and household survey at the same time to address the issue of data unreliability. She also added that evaluation studies will be conducted on teacher absenteeism, school drop outs and record maintenance. Additional chief secretary Lalthara chaired the wrap-up session which was attended by development commissioner Alemtenshi Jamir, finance commissioner Toshi Aier, Commissioner & Secretary (Health and Family Welfare) Menukol John, Commissioner & Secretary (Power) R. B. Thong, Commissioner & Secretary (Rural Development) V. Sakhrie, Additional Commissioner K. Nzimongo Ngullie and officers from the rural development. SCERT and Directorate of School Education.

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