Training programme for EBRC coordinators

Training programme for EBRC coordinators
Shanavas along with trainees and SS officials at Kohima, Wednesday. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, NOV 13 (NPN) | Publish Date: 11/13/2019 11:22:24 AM IST

Principal director of School Education Shanavas C asserted that communitization has given too much autonomy to the village education committees (VEC) and there were hardly any success stories but for want of more teachers.

Speaking at the three-day training programme for assistant district coordinators (ADCs) and EBRC coordinators Samagra Shiksha on academic support to school through BRC/URC, the PD said Education department has over 20,000 teachers for about 1.5 lakhs students but it was not used to increase the quality of education.

Shanavas pointed out that there was a need to conduct trainings for the VEC members and to this, he urged the trainees to assist so that it would help the VECs in effective functioning of the schools.

Stating that something was wrong in the educational system in the state, Shanavas said attitude was one problem and reminded that unless a person changed himself or herself, it cannot change others. He asserted that attitude problem should not be an excuse to deny the children their right to education

Reiterating that the department was on the job inspecting the schools, however he informed the trainees it was not for fault findings but to correct the wrong system. He regretted that in some districts, hardly any education takes place and there were too many proxies and the proxy teachers again do not teach. He also said that in some schools the teachers just let the students sit the whole day without teaching anything and still, he said teachers do not own any responsibility.

Shanavas reminded that the children who were the future of the nation would curse the teachers and nobody wants that to happen.

He stated that the department was too busy throughout the year, working on transfer, posting and redeployment but forget to include children oriented/centric programmes because of which children lose their confidence and teachers get de-motivated.

He said government schools students must get equal opportunity just as the private school students and quality education should not be compromised.  

In his keynote address, deputy mission director Timothy Thong said increase in enrolment and completion of elementary school will bring with it the enlargement of secondary schools and the institutions of BRC and CRC/URC, which till now had an elementary school focus, could include secondary schools into their ambit.

Therefore he said the role of BRC/URC was a mixed set of academic, supervisory, managerial, networking and creative activities as it goes beyond routine monitoring and supervision work as it encompasses providing support to schools and teachers through teacher training and teacher mentoring for their professional growth.

State mission director Samagra Shiksha Kevileno Angami in her concluding remark said the training was organized to improvise quality education. She regretted that as per NITI Aayog’s School Education Quality Index (SEQI) Nagaland remains 3rd (from the bottom) while Nagaland state has a record of more that 80% literacy rate. Reminding that education and literacy has different meaning whereby, she added that state cannot be complacent at being educated because children were not educated.

Also she made comparison between the government and private institutions stating that there was a huge difference in term of salary and teacher student ratio. She said that for government the ratio was 1:8, national ratio was 1:25 and private institution was 1:40. Inspite of having 1:8 ratio which was supposed to be like giving private tuition, she said private school results are much better. The programme was chaired by assistant mission director Kelhikha Kenye.

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