Editorial

State of education

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 9/3/2019 11:10:41 AM IST

 A lot has been written and said regarding the under performance of government schools in HSLC and HSSLC examinations year after year. No unexpectedly, the performances of government schools in comparison with private schools has become the subject of discussions after declaration of results of   HSLC and HSSLC examinations. The wide gap in performances between government and private schools also needs to be seen beyond the performance level that calls for urgent remedy. This has become a phenomenon of government educational institutes.  The situation in many government schools is of grave concern since no science and maths teachers have been deployed despite repeated reminders to the department. The protest by class IX and X students of Government High School Anatongre under Kiphire district further highlights the serious problem. The students have shown resentment over non-deployment of science and maths teachers by boycotting classes for several days. The local authorities and public had brought up this issue with the government but to no avail and for unexplained reasons. Having exhausted their patience, the students decided to boycott classes. The point   raised by the students union of the area is that even if teachers are eventually deployed at the fag end of the session, too much academic time has been wasted and that it would be practically impossible to cover the entire syllabus within a short period. The dereliction by the department is too glaring. It may be recalled that in 2017, the then minister of education had admitted that as high as 50 percent of government schools in Nagaland were without Math teachers. It was also stated that the problem was due to failure of deputing  teachers in RMSA upgraded schools and another phenomenon known as proxy teachers etc. The other factor was that in 2011, the government underwent upgrading of certain posts to JEOs and in the process many of Science and Math teachers were upgraded and replacements were not given. If that is the state of affairs in the department then it is not difficult to understand why students in the state are weak in maths and science. In 2018 the adviser school education also highlighted the point that in Nagaland, only 30.4 per cent of the students in the age group of 14 to 18 years can do simple division as against national average of 43.1 per cent.  The state government spends a very large amount of money on education besides various Centrally Sponsored Schemes which are additions to the normal budget. Besides unavailability of teachers for science and mathematics, most buildings of the government schools in the far flung areas are in dilapidated state. Though government educational institutions expanded tremendously, both in terms of infrastructure as well as in the number of teaching faculty; they seem to be faced with many problems. Most of these are actually due to inherent administrative problems such as- decisions on appointment and deployment that have seem to be done through political and bureaucratic interferences. However, the big gap probably reveals an endemic problem within the government’s education system which needs to be analysed and concrete actions taken to stem the rot.

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