Post Mortem

Issues with Government Schools – Role of Society

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 11/23/2018 12:13:00 PM IST

 Many articles have been written by different people regarding issues with Govt. Schools on various occasions and the topic is really a multidimensional one.  I wish to share few of my thoughts with the readers from the social perspective of the issue. You may kindly forgive me for being blunt with my words. Except few occasions, the society mostly the remains as a silent spectator of the degrading state of affairs prevailing in most of the Govt. schools. This attitude of the society is mainly responsible for making many novel schemes and plans introduced by different Governments in to failed projects. A simple example is the Communitization of Schools. Even though the basic essence of the act was to empower the society, in reality it created more adverse effects than the good deeds expected from it.

Many talk about the practice of proxy teachers in Nagaland.  But, I don’t think that someone has ever reported about this issue with facts and figures to the right authorities. The department of school education has made it mandatory to display the photographs of all teachers in the school office. But till now I have not come across any social organizations or individuals publishing the names of the schools and teachers who are indulging in this practice except generalized statements. The reasons are simple. Only those who could not afford to send their children to private schools admit their children in Govt. schools. So, why unnecessarily get the enmity of the influential people for the sake of these poor kids. Secondly, our society is so accommodative to people from their own tribe even if they are erring officials. You would see that a good number of Govt. employees become regular when posted outside their community area.

I have come across many highly qualified people recruited as Primary Teachers in Govt. schools and keeping proxies without any sense of guilt. They have their own reasons to justify. There are no communications facilities in the remote area, there are no students in the school etc. Unfortunately, the society which is expected to ask these teachers to resign if they cannot discharge their duties at the respective place of postings play same side goal. Another distressing fact in this regard is keeping silent about absenteeism of teachers and officers. When private schools in remote villages could conduct full classes of 7 to 8 periods per day, the reasons behind good number of Govt. schools mostly conducting classes up to 4 to 5 periods remain as a mystery to all of us. I have cited the above few examples due to space constraint and this will be applicable to majority of issues concerning the functioning of Govt. schools.            

A former education minister of our State once told in a meeting that our society has been seeing Govt. schools as places of employment and not as places of learning. I completely agree with his view. The society and the department should work together to revamp the education system in our State and we could not achieve much without the two sides joining hands together. With a former bureaucrat who once headed the Department as Director of School Education at the helm as Advisor, School Education, this is the right time to bring the change and I do sincerely believe that the change is coming.

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