Additional Chief Secretary, School Education & SCERT Banuo Z. Jamir has suggested for setting up a Core-Group among sister departments of Directorate of School Education, SCERT and SSA to bridge the existing gap and to have better co ordination among the sister departments.
Chairing the first ever Coordination Meeting of School Education, SCERT and SSA at Hotel Japfu today, Jamir remarked that the gap had created lot of confusion and in the process, invited negative impact on functioning of the departments.
Reflecting on Memorandum of Association (MOA), 2000 which was signed by all heads of departments, additional chief secretary said SSA in Nagaland was a programme implemented through a Society and was not a separate department. As signatories to MOA, School Education and SCERT should contribute and participate for effective implementation of SSA programme coordination with other departments as well, she added.
Stating that concept of Communitisation and SSA had been misconstrued especially in accountability, monitoring and supervision of VECs, she maintained that Communitisation was a concept under School Education and SSA was a programme which followed the Act of Communitisation. Admitting that department had totally failed in monitoring and supervision, she however revealed that department was in a revival mode to re-establish proper monitoring and evaluation and asked officers to expedite the matter.
On the huge percentage of untrained teachers in the State, additional chief secretary urged the School Education, SCERT and SMA to jointly evolve certain strategy and programmes to reduce the huge backlog of untrained teachers. She suggested the departments to keep track of the number of teachers trained in a year, set certain target for untrained teachers and reduce the number of private candidates to accommodate the ad hoc appointees. Jamir further asked the SMA to coordinate with all the sister departments in formulating yearly action plan.
Delivering the key note address, Angau I.Thou, Mission Director, SMA SSA Nagaland reiterated SSAs goal for Universalisation of Elementary Education (UEE) and further commented that SSAs role is that of an accelerator and with close coordination and association with School Education and SCERT, the goal of UEE and quality education can be realised. The Mission Director also called for retrospection among the sister departments and suggested for rectification and corrective measures within the departments so that the aims and goals of SSA can be put into reality.
Earlier, speaking on the concerns of School Education Department, Nipusilie Angami, Director, SE remarked that State had benefited much especially in infrastructure of schools through SSA. However, he pointed out some of the problems of accountability, powers and responsibilities of VECs. He also pointed out some of the disparity in implementation of SSA programme and urged for uniformity in the implementation.
Director, SCERT Vipralhou Kesiezie, in his address raised concern over the lack of coordination and communication gap between sister departments and advocated for setting up of a core-team committee. He opined that human nature of non-interference in others assignment should not affect the functioning of a mega project like SSA.
Stating that low percentage of trained teachers was of utmost priority; Kesiezie called for prioritizing the priority under SSA and asked SMA to consult SCERT on Annual Plan Budget. He further asked school education department to depute teachers for training in conformity with intake capacity at SCERT and DIETs.
The second, third and fourth sessions of coordination meeting was chaired by Angau I.Thou, Mission Director, SMA, SSA, Nipusilie Angami, Director, School Education and Vipralhou Kesiezie, Director, SCERT respectively. Presentations and discussions on teachers training, ABL, STM, SOCHUM, community mobilisation, DISE and house hold survey, reports & monitoring tools, monitoring & supervision, computer aided learning, civil works, children with special needs and exposure trip was held during the day long meeting which concluded with remarks and vote of thanks by Kevi Liegise, state project director, SMA SSA.