State’s 48% govt teachers not professionally trained

Correspondent KOHIMA, JUL 5 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/6/2018 12:10:53 AM IST
Almost 48% out of 11,488 teachers in government schools have been found to be not professionally trained, even as the government schools recorded a 3% decline in enrolment in 2016-2017.
These startling facts based on a survey on School-Based Statistics in Nagaland (SBSN) were revealed by team leader and reader Thungchibemo Lotha during a programme organised to release research and survey works undertaken by State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) at SCERT conference hall here on Thursday. The research was conducted by SCERT and district institutes for education and training (DIETs) in 2017-18 led by SCERT director T. Sekhose as chief mentor and members-- SCERT jt. director, Moatemjen Longkumer; Readers-- Dr. Sukanya, Paul Yhunilo Kemp; Research Associate, Eric Siezie training-cum-research assistant (TRA) Niekulu Curhah, Kethovilie Sachu (TRA) and Helen Kikon, PGT.
Thungchibemo Lotha said that the study was taken up to create a database of school education at various levels, find out the status of school education in the State and thereby facilitate in planning, management and monitoring of different programmes being implemented in the state.
He explained that the objectives of the SBSN survey were to create and maintain a database for school education at various levels, know the status of school education, facilitate in planning for school education at the State, district, block and school levels, facilitate in effective management of Central flagship programmes and monitor the progress of implementation of school education programmes.
He added that the data were collected in collaboration with Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) and Eastern Naga Students Federation (ENSF) with assistance from their respective local units, which acted as the nodal points for collection of school data. Data of Dimapur district was collected by SCERT research team.The report conducted by the SCERT and DIETs during the year 2017-18 , was declared as “The year of research” by SCERT Nagaland. In his address, principal secretary School Education, Menukhol John said it was a pleasant surprise to find SCERT successfully conduct research on 13 books with relevant topics. He advised that the research books should be used as tools for improving the students’ performances, know influencing factors and improve overall education system in the State. He said it was quite disheartening to learn that State was below the national level and lacking behind in Mathematics and Science subjects. He said to improve the performance of students, cordial relation between parents and teachers was required.
Speaking on the occasion, SCERT director said Nagaland was lacking behind in infrastructure and providing access to education to everyone, adding that providing quality education in government schools was a major concern. 
He said SCERT Nagaland had declared 2017-18 as the year of research and did research comprehensively and Thursday saw the culmination of research works carried out along with the departments concerned. He commented that this research was part of an effort to diagnose the education system in the State.
Meanwhile, research on impact of social media on academic performance of Class X students of Kohima, Mokokchung and Dimapur districts revealed that 60% used Facebook more than any other social media sites, followed by WhatsApp, YouTube and Instagram. Many students from private schools of Mokokchung and Dimapur districts (34%) responded that using social media did not affect their academic performance, whereas majority students in Kohima district (62%) said it did have a negative effect as using social media lowered their concentration on studies. It was found that many students (45%) from both private and government schools accessed social media sites on their mobile phones especially at night for 3 hours or more. 
Again, many students (41%) reported that they studied at night, thereby indicating that using social media affected their academic performance.
The study also revealed that many students used social media sites for academic purposes, especially YouTube (40%). Further, 80% of the students from both private and government schools in the three districts reported that they had internet access.
The research suggested that students should be briefed on the pros and cons of social media, besides encouraging them to use social media sites primarily to support their studies in terms of assignments, projects, organising academic materials, etc. 
They should also be discouraged from spending so much time on uploading or downloading music and videos, chatting with friends, gaming and other activities that do not help them academically, the research recommended. It also called for advising them to manage their time between study hours and those spent on social media, besides encouraging them to maintain daily time table.
The study also showed that most parents (63%-75%) from all the three districts – Kohima 67%, Dimapur 64% and Mokokchung 58% – feel that social media sites were beneficial for educational purposes. However, parents in Kohima, Dimapur and Mokokchung felt that social media sites did have negative effects on children and affecting academic performances. Parents of both government (69%) and private schools of Kohima district (68%) felt strongly about this.
The research team recommended and suggested that teachers should introduce and encourage students to access educational social media sites to create a platform for them to interact, discuss and share knowledge and skills related to their academic work.
SCERT additional director Kezhalenuo Kesiezie, who led the programme, said the council had conducted 15 studies in 2017-18 covering issues and focusing on problems faced mostly by the government schools. She said the quality of education was generally measured by a number of indicators like performance of students, school results, performance of teachers and their professional training, absenteeism of students, school dropouts, student enrolment and retention, inclusive education for persons with disability, school infrastructure with toilets facility, drinking water facility, etc.
The 13 books were released by the school education principal secretary, while vote of thanks was proposed by joint director C Kikon. The programme was attended by Nagaland University, SCERT, Nagaland Board of School Education and other government officials, besides representatives from NSF. 

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