Nagaland Association of Catholic Schools (NACS) has called for standardising of text books for optimum utilization of instructional time.
A meeting was held on March 12 at St. Joseph School, Chumukedima where 35 heads of Catholic schools unanimously agreed that parents were overburdened with the cost of books rising beyond ‘imaginable profits’ while non- availability of prescribed books also worried the parents as well as teaching communities.
While appreciating the innovations by SCERT, NBSE and DSE, the meeting observed that rising cost of text books had hindered easy accessibility of education for the rural children in particular.
Fr. OKN Arokiadoss, principal, Carmel Higher Secondary School, called for active parental intervention in the process of learning of children together with cooperation from the school.
He also observed that the disparity in the capacity of children to purchase learning resources needed to be analyzed for a relevant solution.
Also speaking in the meeting, Fr. Shaji of St John School, Razeba, identified the need for venturing pragmatically into the education formation of the rural children and while stressing on the capacity of the children to learn, Fr Thomas P.J of St. John's School, Tuensang, opined that trained teachers were the resources to establish steadiness in the learning experiences of the children.
Fr. George Angami of Holy Cross Higher Secondary School, Dimapur, emphasized the need to orient the learning process to be more and more activity oriented especially at the primary level.
Meanwhile, the NACS has called upon the children of the institutions to nurture ‘heart of nature’ to assure the prosperity and peace for the generations.
Also speaking at the meeting, Sr. Chantal of St. Clare School observed that the organization of the institution was vital in establishing the learning atmosphere for the children and also to provide insight for social change.