SCERT recommends shutting down of non-performing govt schools

Correspondent KOHIMA, JUL 21 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/21/2018 11:48:12 PM IST
A research study conducted by State Council of Educational Research &Training (SCERT) has recommended that non-performing government schools in the state should be discouraged to exist. SCERT as part of “Year of Research 2017” conducted a research study on the quality in elementary school education with special reference to government policy interventions in Nagaland.
The seven-member research team was headed by Dr. Zavise Rume, associate professor SCERT with other members including joint director Vithonuo Kesiezie; senior academic officer Pekruzetuo Kesiezie; senior academic officer Angunuo; senior academic officer Achetla; assistant professor Thebi Joseph member and assistant professor Sini.
The study, undertaken with the primary objective to describe the operational meaning and concept of quality in general and quality of elementary education in particular, recommended that poor schools unable to sustain academic standard should be allowed to cease.
The research study, which covered 11 districts of Nagaland, was tasked to assess the government policies and programmes implemented in Nagaland for quality improvement in elementary school education; to find out the quality indicators of school education in Nagaland and to suggest remedial measures for improvement of academic quality in school education.
There were 231 GMSs covered under the study where 192 schools represented the urban areas and 39 schools represented the rural areas in Nagaland.  There were a total of 231 head teachers of elementary schools where 180 respondents (78%) were males and 51 respondents (22%) were females. The data also collected from 24 SDEOs in 11 districts, officials from directorate of school education, SSA Nagaland and SCERT Nagaland.
The study indicated that school administrators and education planners have conflicting ideas opinions about the meanings and concepts of quality education. It also found that the state did not have a clear-cut goals and aims of elementary education in the state. 
There was quality improvement of elementary schools in terms of infrastructure development as a result of several national flagship programmes and progress in professional development of teachers’ professional competency but that did not help the progress of academic performance of the students.
The study noted that there was a high level understanding among the school administrators about various policies and programmes on elementary education implemented in the state but the rate of students’ enrolment was going down considerably.
According to research report finding, majority of the respondents (33%) opined that Quality Education means moral development followed by 26% of the respondents favouring quality education as the outcome of learning the school subjects, imparting basic learning skills (16%), producing good annual academic result (13%) and development of employability skills (10%). 
The study underlined that modern education should focus on the development of employability skills so school education produced the employable and skilled students rather than producing students with bookish knowledge alone.
Further, the study observed that there was much confusion about the concept of education and suggested the need to understand the concept of quality in its real sense. There must be well-defined goals of elementary education in Nagaland, it stated.
At the conclusion of the study, the research team made several recommendations.

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