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ANPSA central annual meeting held in Kohima

ANPSA central annual  meeting held in Kohima
NISA president Kulbushan Sharma at the ANPSA meeting held on October 23 in Kohima. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, OCT 23 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/23/2019 11:56:30 AM IST

All Nagaland Private Schools Association (ANPSA), central annual general body meeting was held on October 23 at NBCC Platinum Jubilee Hall, Bayavü, Kohima. 

ANPSA central president Nini Sekhose in the welcome address mentioned few concerns of the new draft national education policy which will impact and affect the state of Nagaland in numerous ways. 

She mentioned that Right to Education (RTE) is being implemented in all schools but many private schools are suffering on the implementation because the government has not provided funds to implement those policies. 

The draft New Education Policy (NEP) will require a lot of funds for proper implementation but if those policies are introduced without any funds, our schools may face a lot of difficulty, she added. Sekhose stated that the contribution of minority schools have not been acknowledged at all although the contribution of minority schools have been instrumental in taking India to where it is today. 

With the concern over language, she stated that English as a language has not been respected and everyone should be concern about it and for a state like Nagaland, it is not possible to teach in the vernacular medium and it will be very challenging, she stated. 

ANPSA has given a representation to the government asking to implement a two language policy for Nagaland and English as the medium and an optional language. Sekhose also reminded that in Nagaland, private schools hav the highest employment rates next to the government and if the teachers are to lose their job, it will be another serious issue. 

National Independent School Alliance president (NISA) Kulbushan Sharma in his speech mentioned that School Management Committee (SMC) is one of the major threat to education system and NISA will not agree to it. 

Addressing the concern of language, he mentioned that parents and children should have the right to choose the language they want. NISA stands for teachers who are teaching in school even if he is trained or not, whereby he also requests all private schools to unite immediately and raise concerns. 

He urged the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to introduce Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) to education system where one child gets an amount of Rs.3000 per month. 

Many parents are compelled to send their children to government schools because of their financial problem but if DBT is introduced, they will get quality education with better facilities and have the freedom to choose their school. 

Later in a press conference, when asked about the school education department being bought down to advisor level in the cabinet, Sharma mentioned that education should be given the first priority and that the attitude of the government should be changed. 

He also believes that the education system in Nagaland is doing better because of the non involvement of the government.

ANPSA advisor, Pheluopfelie also stated that the toppers in Nagaland should be given more importance and better treatment. 

Education should be given the first priority and if the government really believe that education is the backbone of the economy, they should reconsider the importance given to education, he stated. 

Earlier, invocation was given by ANPSA VP Fr.Jacob Charalel and cultural presentation by Vinyüzo School, Bayavü Hr. Sec. School and Oking Christian School. 


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