DoSE to set up commission to review communitisation

DoSE to set up commission to review communitisation
DoSE officials and others during the National Education Day programme in Kohima. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, NOV 11 (NPN) | Publish Date: 11/11/2019 11:10:51 AM IST

The department of school education (DoSE) will constitute a commission to review the dynamism of communitisation. 

Announcing this at the National Education Day function held at the directorate of school education here on Monday, School Education principal secretary Menukhol John also clarified that department officials going on field visits was not for finding faults but to bridge the gap.

Citing the instances of a decision by a village education committee (VEC) of a school wherein the teachers had to send their children to the schools where they taught and another school which had many success stories with community participation, remarked that said as long as a community was supportive and had the will, it could effect change for good. Asking teachers whether they taught the students as much as how he or she would want his/her child to be taught, he said the teachers’ commitment in the past was excellent.

He regretted that although the government had many policies, some of these failed to show the desired result. 

Accepting the criticisms of the department, John, however, said instead of pointing fingers, together a lot of difference could be made and urged the community to take challenges positively. In his address, principal director Shanavas C mentioned that communitisation was a good policy, but added that it was also time to modify it to get good results.

Asserting that community participation had done a good thing in some villages, he however said not every village was doing the same and wondered whether it had become a channel for corruption.

He observed that communitisation had led to corruption and regretted that even when the department officials visited the schools, some village councils or VEC members come out defending the proxy or absentee teachers without realising that the officials were there for the welfare of students.

He admitted that there was lack of proper implementation and monitoring of government policies.

Shanavas said education dealt with schools, teachers and students, but in Nagaland, most of programmes were teacher-centric. Ignoring the welfare students, he said most of the time the teachers remained busy with transfer and posting, adding it was time to shift the focus on the students.   

Observing that many took refuge in the teaching job for the sake of a government job, he wondered whether the government school teachers were committed to their profession.

In his keynote address, Nagaland Education Association (NEA) president Dr Zavise Rume explained that the association had been observing the day to honour and respect educationists, besides rededicating itself to the cause of humanity and education.

According to Rume, education must become a national agenda and that the State government must continue to give priority to this sector, create an institute for communitisation education to generate and accelerate manpower resources, promote research and training to sustain communitisation as a system of education and also review the communitisation policy to give more powers to the education field officers so as to strengthen the system.

He said the practice of engaging proxies by the teachers had degraded the teaching profession, adding this was practised with the full knowledge of local education committees.

He said the State government was wasting huge resources as children in many areas had started to desert government schools, and called for a strong legislation to deal with the situation.

Further calling for involvement of professionally qualified and experienced educationists in the decision-making process, the NEA president said the educationists must be given a fair chance to provide professional opinions in matters related to education like in other professions.

He said the State government must also come out with a strong and a clear-cut policy on education and reminded that NEA had already launched a policy research on education system in Nagaland.

The programme was organised by NEA in collaboration with the directorate of school education.

NEA new team announced: The search committee of Nagaland Education Association (NEA) today announced the new team of NEA for the tenure 2019-2022.

The new team will be headed by Dr. Zavise Rume as president, vice president Dr. Bweyhungle Khing, general secretary- Dr. Visiezolie Yashu, jt. secy.- Dr. Daili Kholia, treasurer- Neizekhonuo Liezietsu, information & public relation secy.- Medoneinuo Rupreo, educational & statistical secy.- Dr. Akala Longkumer. 

District representatives: Kohima- Medotsino Thorie, Dimapur- I. Azungla Imsong, Mokokchung- Dr. Rijingkhum Yimchunger, Tuensang- Bendanglemla Chang, Wokha- Dr. Longshibemo Yanthan, Zunheboto- Dr. Ikali V. Chishi, Mon- Sanjay Sinha, Longleng- Vangoi Phom, Kiphire- P. Thsantsumong, Phek- Zaveta Kotso and Peren- Dr. Changneu Ndang.

Board of advisors: Vipralhou Kesiezie, retired SCERT director, Khalong Ao retired director Higher Education, Prof. Lungsang Zeliang, department of Education (NU), Dr. Peter Salew, parish priest, Christ King Parish, Kohima; Dr. Bendangyapangla, State College of Teacher Education, Kohima and John Lohe, retired joint director, School Education.


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