Review of govt schools with nil results

Review of govt schools with nil results
K.T. Sukhalau (File)
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAY 5 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/5/2019 11:26:22 AM IST

Adviser School Education K.T. Sukhalu disclosed that the department would be carrying out a thorough review of government schools which scored ‘nil result in the recent HSLC 2019 exams. It may be mentioned that out of 24 schools that had scored nil/zero pass-out, 22 were government and two private schools. 

“Instead of simply downgrading these schools without addressing their core issues, a thorough review will be done,” Sukhalu told Nagaland Post.

While admitting that he was “not very happy” with the performances of government schools, the Adviser School Education however added that he was not disappointed either as the teachers had put in their best efforts.

Sukhalu said much was needed to be done to tackle the problem but complimented the teachers on their efforts. He also disclosed that once election Model Code of Conduct (MCC) was over, new strategies will be made to ensure that performances of government schools in HSLC exams were improved by the next academic session.

The adviser disclosed that after the MCC was over he will order on a one-time transfer-posting where, except one or two special cases, no transfer will be made till the next academic session.

He said in comparison with the 2018 HSLC result, this time there was a slight improvement, but admitted there were still factors which were responsible for nil result. The Adviser also spoke of some schools scoring either 100% pass or ‘Nil’ with poor enrolment one or two candidates. Sukhalu said this needs to be addressed and that schools with very less students would have to be combined into composite school to address the issue. 

On the other hand, the Adviser said he was pleased by the performances of government Higher Secondary exams where students performed well in maths and science.

Sukhalu said he felt that government needs to put more focus on high schools but regretted that owing to litigations within the graduate teachers over the seniority issue, the School Education department was having a challenging time to deploy headmasters (HMs) and assistant headmasters (AHMs). 

The Adviser also disclosed that chief minister Neiphiu Rio has expressed concern over the seniority issue of HMs and AHMs, but was optimistic that it will be resolved soon and that all teachers will be posted to their respective postings soon. 

Sukhalu reiterated that the government’s intention of establishing a school in every village was to ensure quality education. However, he lamented that many parents sent their children to private schools and the reasons of which needed to be looked into. 

He also said it was strange, that government teachers who were academically better qualified and trained in comparison with private school teachers, preferred not to admit their own children to government schools but to private schools. 

Sukhalu said the state government proposed introduction of biometric attendance system in every school to keep check on proxy teachers to the Centre but so far no fund was forthcoming though the IT ministry had assured to try it as pilot project.

He also said communitization will also involve other departments for which, a consultative meeting will be held and a committee constituted to monitor whether the policy was helping the beneficiaries. 

Referring to reports received by the government, the Adviser said the good intention of the government was being misused by some Village Education Committees (VECs) who were exercising powers beyond their jurisdiction. 

In this regard, the Adviser said some VEC members who were interested in the future of their children were doing well. 

However, he said there were some VEC members who were misusing their authority and which resulted in the issue of proxy teachers. 

“We want VECs to support us in providing good administration and education to children, especially in villages,” he emphasised.

Sukhalu reiterated his promise to institute an award for government school student topping the HSCL merit list.

The Adviser also informed that he has directed the Directorate of School Education (DoSE) to endorse reports of field officers during inspection of schools. The Adviser also disclosed that he would also check whether officers actually visit schools and cautioned those not following the directive. 

Sukhalu said Kohima, Phek, Wokha and Mokokchung districts, with a strong community bond were among the top-performing districts in HSLC exams as the people were conscious about their future and were involved in the education of their children. 

He lamented that in other districts, this trait was absent, particularly in interior areas and children were left on to their own. 

The Adviser appealed to educated section to reach out and help change this outlook. He said that no matter the quality of infrastructure in any institution, if the children were not enlightened and their progress was not cared, nothing good will come out of it.

 When asked if government schools would also emulate private schools on offering of optional subject that was advantageous for students, Sukhalu said the issue will be looked into.

He also pointed out that curriculum of middle schools seemed to be changing every year and this would also be addressed. 

Govt in a fix over 2,000 untrained teachers

Meanwhile, the State government was in a tight sport, on how to deal with untrained teachers, totalling more than 2,000 in both private and government schools.
Adviser School Education, K.T. Sukhalu said the government was seized of the matter on terminating the services of more than 2,000 untrained teachers in both government and private schools after March 2019 as per the directive of the Union human resource development ministry. 
He said the chief minister had written to the MHRD to regularise the services of the above several times but the latter has refused to extend their services. 
This has placed the state government in a fix as it was grappling to deal with the situation, he added.

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