A team of officials from Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (SSA team) held a meeting with officers of SMA, DMA, SCERT, DIET, KGBVs, IGNOU, NCERT, Nagaland University (MI), health and family welfare and PHE department (health, water & sanitation issues) at Hotel Japfu, Tuesday.
State chief secretary and chairman SSA, SMA, Lalthara who chaired the meeting said Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) was one of the biggest programmes introduced by the Government of India and that Nagaland was fortunate to be a part of the curriculum, an official bulletin stated.
He assured all possible cooperation and support in his level for smooth functioning of the various schemes under SSA in the State.
State additional chief secretary, Banuo Z. Jamir said that the meeting was more of an interactive session with the sister departments with whom the department of school education was converging to relate to various issues pertaining to SSA.
Addressing the meeting, team leader, Director, MHRD, Neelam Rao expressed her happiness with the approach of the state government that no untrained teachers would be recruited henceforth.
She lauded the fact that the state was also looking at programmes for training the untrained teachers who were already in service and mentioned the need of the state to evolve very intensive programmes so that all the teachers were trained in a span of two to three years time.
She was pleased to know that Nagaland has really worked on its textbooks which have helped in bringing down the cost of the textbooks and further said that the State was looked upon as a resource in this matter. The team leader outlined the objectives of their visit to the state of Nagaland and said that they would be deliberating on various issues like attendance of children, prevention of drop-outs, strengthening the management information system, use of data in the local set-up, looking at other tools of surveys etc. She also underlined the need to look at how the management information system in Nagaland can be utilized in the local level and also to initiate discussion on management structure at the state and district level and the need for convergence with the health and family welfare department, PHED etc to address related issues.
Chief Consultant, Shalendra Sharma gave a power point presentation on the ‘Status of Elementary education in Nagaland’.
The presentation touched on Gross Enrolment Ratio, Drop-Out rate, gender & Age-Group share in Out of School Children, Gender Gap in Enrolment, Pupil Teacher Ratio, Educational Development Index (EDI) in Nagaland based on District Information System for Education (DISE) in 2007-08 etc.
Other team members included Under Secretary, MHRD, Ravi Chand, Chief Consultant, TSG, Binay Pattnayak, Senior Consultant, TSG, K. Gopalan, Chief Consultant, Dr Anupriya Chadha, Senior Consultant, TSG, NE Cell, Guwahati, Papori Baruah, Prof S. Jena from IGNOU, Senior Consultant, TSG, Abdullah, Consultant, Gender Unit, Kiran Dogra, Consultant, Planning, Tarun Gupta, Consultant, TSG, NE Cell, Guwahati, Pallav K. Das and Senior Consultant, SSA, NCERT, S.C. Mehta.