The Confederation of Chang Students’ Union (CCSU) embarked on an educational tour from October 19 to November 22 within its jurisdiction.
The tour covered 68 schools comprising GPSs/GMSs/GHSs and GHSS. During the tour, CCSU noted that the educational scenario still remained un-changed in-spite of initiatives taken by government especially due to lack of proper implementation and facilitation. In this regard, CCSU has noted that some GPSs under Chang area have been “pathetically” operating with just a single teacher or two because of the fact that some were either transferred with post to other schools, none appointed on retirement or attached to DEO/DIS offices. The union further stated GPSs were supposed to have minimum four teachers per school according to the initial post creations against them.
CCSU in this regard, demanded that a private teacher be appointed to teach in government primary school in-order to complete the syllabus before final examination. The department-in-charge has also been informed to appoint minimum required teachers for each school at the earliest.
On school maintenance, CCSU found that funds meant for school maintenance, teaching learning materials (TLM) and mid-day meals were being misused by VECs/ in-changes/headmasters.
Salaries of teachers who were irregular in their duties have been held-up by the union, and are being called for an explanation along with errant VECs/school in-charges. CCSU cautioned the erring staff to immediately rectify all short-comings in their respective schools during the explanation call.
CCSU during its course of inspection felt that officials of education department Tuensang were “blind” to all sorts of corruptions happening right under their nose as none of the DEO/DIS/SIS ever made a trip to most of the schools even once a year to inquire about problems/conditions of the schools.
In this connection, CCSU urged the department in-charge to pay extra attention to village schools so village students would not suffer due to irregularity of teachers and lack of basic infrastructures.
CCSU in a press note issued by its education secretary M. Aolen and press and information secretary I. Tochi notified all its federating units to look after the schools within their jurisdictions on regular basis and to report any matter of concern to CCSU so as to maintain transparency and accountability in the system.