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Need for a B. Ed. institution at Mokokchung
Published on 3 Feb. 2011 11:54 PM IST
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Watsu Mungdang has appealed the director of higher education, Kohima for opening a B. Ed institution in Mokokchung. Watsu Mungdang president, Dr. Imlirenla Walling stated out of 2629 teachers (approximately 1929 in primary and middle schools and 700 in high school and HSSLC) in 311 schools (243 government schools and 68 private schools) in Mokokchung district as of 2010, only about half were trained under DIET, and less than a quarter with B. Ed degrees. The Mungdang expressed that for graduate teachers, the only government, B. Ed institution, Nagaland College of Teachers Education (NCTE), Kohima has an intake of only about 100 learners, besides one IGNOU Kohima and two at Dimapur.
The Mungdang asserted that due to constraints of location, seats and consequently financial limitations, the existing and aspiring teachers of Mokokchung and nearby districts were deprived of the opportunity to equip themselves for teaching, which would result in poor quality of education. The Mungdang further stated that as B. Ed course was a specialized one, private players do not have the will to invest in the area due to low viability adding it as imperative for government to step in.
The Mundang viewed that it would be a great relief for those who wish to pursue the course, not only for the people Mokokchung but also for Tuensang, Zunheboto and Longleng districts, if the government could open a B. Ed institution in Mokochung and appealed the government of Nagaland to take up necessary action at the earliest.

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