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Nyeiwang’s call to teachers
Correspondent KOHIMA, NOV 18 (NPN):
Published on 19 Nov. 2010 1:24 AM IST
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Minister for school education and SCERT Nyeiwang Konyak on Thursday urged school teachers to regard teaching as a mission and to rededicate themselves for academic excellence. He also urged them not to consider being posted in rural areas as a punishment. Addressing the general conference of All Nagaland School Teachers’ Association at Zonal Council Hall, Kohima, the minister underlined the need for proper teacher-staffing pattern for all categories of schools stating that disparity and unequal distribution of teachers in schools affected the students and teachers as well.
He assured the teachers that the government was actively considering ways to restructure educational setup where new channels for promotion of teachers and upgrade of their service incentives would be opened. In line with the Right to Education Act 2009, Nyeiwang said 72 Government Middle Schools had been upgraded to full-fledged Government High Schools and several Government Primary Schools to Government Middle Schools, under national scheme flagship programmes like SSA and RMSA.
With the provisions of the act, he said that the upgradations had been able to provide scope of accommodation to teachers. He also added that establishment of higher secondary schools had resulted in students receiving higher education without much financial expenditure and also assurance of highly educated teachers being appointed to Class II Gazetted status.
The minister dwelled on the initiation of the government to clean up financial problems of the education department by setting up Special Investigation Team. He said that the government was taking all initiative to take corrective measures for all categories of teachers as submitted by the SIT and expressed hope that the problem would be amicably solved soon. Nyeiwang highlighted the need for teachers to get themselves trained through professional qualifications such as B.Ed or PSTE, as per the National Council of Teachers’ Education. He informed that henceforth only professionally trained persons would be considered for regular appointment as teachers.
Earlier, presidential address was delivered by Kepelhoutuo Chusi, president ANSTA and greetings by Dr. David Sema, president CANSSEA.

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