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Konyak says RTE need to be enforced

Minister for school education Nyeiwang Konyak Speaking at the silver jubilee culmination programme of Dimapur Mission Higher Secondary school on Thursday. (NP0
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, NOV 4 (NPN):
Published on 5 Nov. 2010 12:57 AM IST
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Minister for school education Nyeiwang Konyak on Thursday admitted that the department was facing shortage of qualified teachers, this he said was hampering in imparting quality education. He also disclosed that only qualified teachers will be appointed in the days to come.
Speaking at the silver jubilee culmination programme of Dimapur Mission Higher Secondary school as chief guest, Nyeiwang underscored the need for imparting quality education in colleges also. He further maintained that the education department was the only one where nothing can be “lied, stolen or destroyed”.
On development front, the minister disclosed that 112 teaching posts, under SSA, were likely to be approved by the cabinet soon.
Further, he expressed hope that 200-300 teaching jobs would be made available within the next few years.
While on upgrading of schools, Nyeiwang said 70 government middle schools have been upgraded to high schools, primary schools to middle schools while many high schools have also been upgraded to higher secondary schools under RMSA.
Elucidating on the guidelines of the government, the minister pointed out that there should be no detention up to class eight. He also emphasized on banning corporal punishment in schools and right of children, within the age group of 6-14 years, to receive education under Right to Free & Compulsory Education. Stressing on the Right to Education (RTE), Nyeiwang said, “No school can deny admission. They are bound to admit and provide free education”.
Earlier, during the programme, a brief history of the school and exposition of the jubilee theme ‘Rejuvenation’ was delivered by DABA pastor Rev N Tzudir.
Other speakers at the programme included former chairman managing board I Chuba, former chairman governing body & principal L Nungsashiba, noted educationist Yajen Aier and president of the alumni association Temjenyanger. Highlights of the programme included special numbers from the jubilee choir, male voice led by Jonglidi and tiny tots of class A & B. Various persons were also given citation and awards.

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