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Community mobilization on RTE
Correspondent KOHIMA, NOV 24 (NPN):
Published on 25 Nov. 2010 12:00 AM IST
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Three-day community mobilization training on Right to Education Act (RTE) 2009 organized by SSA SMA Nagaland got underway at Zonal Council Hall, Kohima on Wednesday.
Minister for school education and SCERT Nyeiwang Konyak graced the inauguration of the training programme and also launched a documentary on “Good Practices of Community Towards Elementary Education in Nagaland.”
Speaking on implementation of RTE Act in Nagaland, Nyeiwang called upon heads and officials of districts to collectively create new ways of providing free and compulsory education to children, as mentioned in the Act.
He also said that as per the Act, no children would be denied admission on any ground or expelled from school, no capitation fee or screening test for admission would be required, no detention of students until elementary school and no physical or mental harassment.
In consequence with the Act, the minister said School Managing Committee (SMC) and local authorities should provide free education to students without any charge of fees or expenses.
He stated that the SMC should identify weaker sections and disadvantaged groups and put forward the same to school authority for schooling. Nyeiwang Konyak also urged the need for intensive training on school development plan for SMC or VEC, which would benefit school development or grants made by the government.
While highlighting other salient features of RTE Act, the school minister stated that the SMCs and VEC played pivotal role through which the whole machinery of education ran. He encouraged education officers at district and block levels to give due importance to educating the VEC/TEC or SMCs. With the DIS’s and SIS’s working at the grass root level, Nyeiwang further urged them to identify problems and solve them with innovative strategies.
Also addressing the inaugural programme, commissioner and secretary, school education and chairman SSA Mhathung Kithan urged functionaries of the department to know and understand the Act and commit themselves to make education available to the targeted group that the Act covered. He asked officials to sensitize VEC, teachers and public who could help in effective implementation of the act. With knowledge about the Act, Kithan said that appropriate plans could be worked out to reach all people. With launching of RTE in the state, Kithan said the Act made functionaries of the department more responsible and accountable and also underlined the important role and responsibility that teachers played in applying the Act. Maintaining that education department had not been able to perform “reasonably well,” Kithan urged officials of the department to be morally responsible for their work and contribute sincerely.
Director of SCERT, Vipralhou Kesiezie emphasized the need for SMA and those in district and block levels to sensitize and guide stakeholders and the community in implementing the Act. The director also pointed out quality issues of the Act.
The documentary “Good Practices of Community Towards Elementary Education in Nagaland” was made by SSA along with Christian Highland Dawn Media. The documentary would be telecast in Asia Primetime, Far East TV and local channels. The chief guest also released a booklet of collection of essays written by students.
Resource persons for the technical session include Kevi Liegise, senior academic officer, Khukiye Awomi, coordinator SSA, Tingshem Konyak, joint director school education, Dr. Chuba Imchen, deputy director, School Education and Tali Jamir coordinator of SSA.

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