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Reform in Fine Arts teaching, a need of the hour

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 7/5/2020 4:39:07 AM IST

 The education system in Nagaland has come a very long way. The students are equipped with tools and information which are readily available. The teachers are all well trained to tackle any problems. We find that the subjects taught at school are up to date; both content and material wise, and new subjects have been introduced according to the current need of the society. However, all these improvements are not seen in Fine Arts, i.e. drawing and handwriting. 

It is extremely sad to see that drawing and handwriting, which was introduced alongside the other subjects, remain untouched by the wave of change or reforms. As far as I can recall when I was a kid, art was taught by our class teacher who had no experience on the subject. Even now this can be seen in many schools in Nagaland. The same negligence over the subject seems to continue till date. 
When it comes to the syllabus, books and grading there is hardly any system; objectives are not achieved. The teachers seldom have any clue what should be done in an art class. Most of the text books are obsolete and remain ineffective. 
In almost all the schools the qualification required for a Primary teacher is P.U (TLED), for a high school teacher, B.A (B. Ed) / M.A (B.Ed). However, for a drawing teacher the qualification is that you only need to be a teaching staff in that school.  Tragic as it may sound this is how the system works in most of the schools. If we were to actually see the requirements of a Fine ART Teacher, he/she should have a Diploma or Degree in Fine Art. Judging by this most of the teachers who are entering as a substitute for drawing and handwriting classes are technically not qualified. 
If we were to talk about the performance of the students, and out of 100 students, 30 percent fails in a particular subject we begin to analyse what could have gone wrong. Now, think about it, students from nursery to class 8 are taught to write with good clean handwriting, and we even have a particular subject as, ‘Handwriting’ which also comes under art; in most cases we will find that out of 100 students less than 20 students would have a good clean handwriting.  But do we ever ask how and why this happens, ‘no’, we simply comment “IMPROVE YOUR HANDWRITING “and leave the student to his/her own fate.
Lastly, we encourage students to draw, and even send them for painting competitions. Our society even encourages and praises the students if they have the talent, but only few pursue a career in Fine Art. Though it is a subject included in our school curriculum without a teacher to teach, a student hardly feels that there is any future in it, which is not true. Like any other subjects one can pursue and attain Diploma and Degree in Fine Art.
There is a wide spectrum of benefits and career options in Fine Art. With a degree a student can work as an illustrator, graphic designer, curator, special effects technician, commercial artist, fine art teacher and many. The possibilities are endless. We have had our students in our Wandering Minds Fine Art institute get lucrative art projects even before they graduated. Keeping all this in mind, it is high time that a sense of seriousness be taken to implement Fine Art as a subject in the educational system.
By Sentiyanger, Founding Member of Wandering Minds

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