Monday, August 15, 2022

Enough land should be availableto open new schools, says Sukhalu


Adviser School Education and SCERT, KT Sukhalu disclosed that he would propose at the upcoming State Level Education Committee meeting that to henceforth open new schools, there should be enough land available for all-round welfare of students. Else, permission would not be given, he added.
Similarly, to upgrade schools, he said certain basic facilities must be available for students. Sukhalu said this while addressing the ‘Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar’ (SVP) 2021-2022 State-level felicitation programme held at the directorate of School Education here on Wednesday. Congratulating the awardees, he said SVP was about inculcating the habit of cleanliness.
Before implementing any scheme, he stressed educating the community was important for garnering community support.
Maintaining that the SVP team had done a commendable job, he however emphasised that officials in the field must visit schools to see whether basic amenities, including hygiene and sanitation facilities, were available so that both the health and education of children were secured.
Reiterates call to lift NLTP Act: The adviser reiterated that Nagaland Liquor Total Prohibition (NLTP) Act must be withdrawn and so that revenue generated from sale of alcohol could be invested in the health and educational sectors, adding that unless their infrastructure was good, the schools would not attract enrolment. He also assured that once the Act was lifted and revenue started pouring in, private schools too would be allotted grant-in-aid.
He appealed to headmasters, assistant headmasters, head teachers and teachers to be more committed towards their profession so that the children valued what was taught in the classroom.
Head teacher/proprietor of GMS Peren Town DC and Livingstone Foundation Higher Secondary School Dimapur delivered speeches on behalf of the awardees.
In his keynote address, school education secretary Limawabanng Jamir explained that the purpose of SVP was to honour the schools that had undertaken exemplary work in the field of water, sanitation and hygiene, adding that SVP was based on IT-enabled assessment of wash infrastructure, hygienic practices and Covid-19 appropriate behaviour.
He mentioned that the award had different categories like district level, state level and national level whereby district level awards were open to all five, four and three-rated rated schools, state level for five and four-rated schools and national level only for five-rated schools.
The programme was chaired by school education director Wonthungo Tsopoe, while school education principal director Thavaseelan K proposed the vote of thanks.
Schools nominated for national level awards included GMS, Peren Town DC Colony, St Mary’s Cathedral HSS, Kohima and Livingstone Foundation HSS, Dimapur (in overall category).
In sub-category, the awardees included Fernbrook School, Wokha for Covid preparedness and response, GMS, Peren Town DC Colony for hand washing with soap initiative, St Mary’s Cathedral HSS, Kohima for availability of water, Livingstone Foundation HSS, Dimapur for toilets, St Paul HSS, Dimapur for operation & maintenance and Livingstone Foundation HSS, Dimapur for behavioural change and capacity building.
At the state level, out of 111 selected schools, 38 schools were nominated for the award by respective district level committees.


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