‘Learn Maths & Science joyfully’ workshop underway

‘Learn Maths & Science joyfully’ workshop underway

Morung Express News
Kohima | May 7

 

Under the theme ‘Learn Maths & Science Joyfully’, a workshop on Math and Science is underway from May 7 and 8. The workshop, organized by the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT), is held at the conference hall, Kohima. The inaugural session was graced by Pankaj Kumar, IAS, Chief Secretary as the chief guest and FP solo, Commissioner & Secretary, SCERT & DSE, Nagaland as the guest of honour.

 

Chief Secretary Nagaland, Pankaj Kumar, IAS, who launched the State Level Workshop on Mathematics & Science shared his experiences as a student and highlighted the push and pull factor of education.

 

Kumar stated that the push factor, an outside and moral expectation, takes one to a desired goal while the pull factor, an inner attracting factor, attracts one to the subject, where the school teaches and the studying environment are part of the pull factor.

 

However, another important factor is the teacher and the general environment of the school. “What matters equally important is not just how great the teacher is but the care the teacher gives. If teacher cares, there is response from the students,” stated Kumar who also asserted that the current situation resembles a crisis, which needs to be addressed.

 

Guest of Honour, FP Solo, Commissioner& Secretary, SCERT & DSE in his speech questioned on the poor performance of Naga students in math and science and stated on the need to retrospect as to why Nagaland is weak in Science and Math. Out of 60 colleges in Nagaland only seven colleges offer Science stream, mentioned Solo while also drawing a comparison to Manipur, which has two medical colleges with ample faculties. “Is it because students are not spending sufficient time in the subjects or are the parent and teachers are not paying attention?” questioned Solo who hoped that these issues are deliberated in the workshop and generate ideas with concrete suggestion for promotion of Science and math in Nagaland.

 

Reader, SCERT, Thungchibemo Lotha who delivered the keynote address highlighted the objective of the workshop and stated how schools in Nagaland have not been able to achieve the desired level of math and science as per research and reports.

 

Dr. A.K. Sadat Principal DIET, Hooghly (West Bengal); Dr. Atul Mody, Assoc. Prof. (Retd); Medoze-u, Co-ordinator PRATHAM; Jane Roseline Yimchunger, Asst. Prof, Kohima Science College and Dr. Vizovol Mekro, Assoc. Prof. Kohima Science College will be making presentations on various topics during the two day workshop.

 

We want to transform science and math: SCERT Director

 

Morung Express News
Kohima | May 7

 

Under the theme ‘Learn Maths & Science Joyfully’, a workshop on Math and Science is underway from May 7 and 8. The workshop, organized by the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT), is held at the conference hall, Kohima. The inaugural session was graced by Pankaj Kumar, IAS, Chief Secretary as the chief guest and FP solo, Commissioner & Secretary, SCERT & DSE, Nagaland as the guest of honour.

 

The main objectives of the workshop are to identify the reason behind poor performance and problem of students in Mathematics and Science, to review existing textbook, curriculum and teacher training program, to obtain suggestions to remedy the current state of math and science education in the state, and to make the subjects attractive and fun for both students and teachers.

 

“We need to evolve strategies in making Science and Math education more attractive and interesting. We want to transform science and math as the most interesting and enjoyable subjects to attract talented students to pursue science and math education in higher education and universities,” said Vipralhou Kesiezie, Director, SCERT who chaired the inaugural session.

 

He stated that, according to the Annual School Evaluation Report (ASER) 2014, 74% of class five students in Nagaland (both government and private) find it difficult to perform simple basics of multiplication, division and subtraction. “The percentage of students pursuing Science stream after class 10 is hardly 21% whereas in neighbouring state Manipur almost 80% pursue Science after passing Class 10,” stated the Director.

 

Kesiezie mentioned some of the contributory factors responsible for making Science and Math education difficult in Nagaland are:

 

1.    The existence of only one Government Science College in Nagaland
2.    Very few schools have science stream in the higher secondary
3.    Absence of medical college or engineering college in Nagaland except as few poorly managed polytechnic schools
4.    Acute shortage of science and math teachers in all government schools
5.    Poor methods of teaching and language
6.    Lack of planning and vision in all sectors
7.    Poor study habits

 

Chief Secretary Nagaland, Pankaj Kumar, IAS, who launched the State Level Workshop on Mathematics & Science shared his experiences as a student and highlighted the push and pull factor of education.

 

Kumar stated that the push factor, an outside and moral expectation, takes one to a desired goal while the pull factor, an inner attracting factor, attracts one to the subject, where the school teaches and the studying environment are part of the pull factor.

 

However, another important factor is the teacher and the general environment of the school. “What matters equally important is not just how great the teacher is but the care the teacher gives. If teacher cares, there is response from the students,” stated Kumar who also asserted that the current situation resembles a crisis, which needs to be addressed.

 

Guest of Honour, FP Solo, Commissioner& Secretary, SCERT & DSE in his speech questioned on the poor performance of Naga students in math and science and stated on the need to retrospect as to why Nagaland is weak in Science and Math. Out of 60 colleges in Nagaland only seven colleges offer Science stream, mentioned Solo while also drawing a comparison to Manipur, which has two medical colleges with ample faculties. “Is it because students are not spending sufficient time in the subjects or are the parent and teachers are not paying attention?” questioned Solo who hoped that these issues are deliberated in the workshop and generate ideas with concrete suggestion for promotion of Science and math in Nagaland.

 

Reader, SCERT, Thungchibemo Lotha who delivered the keynote address highlighted the objective of the workshop and stated how schools in Nagaland have not been able to achieve the desired level of math and science as per research and reports.

 

Dr. A.K. Sadat Principal DIET, Hooghly (West Bengal); Dr. Atul Mody, Assoc. Prof. (Retd); Medoze-u, Co-ordinator PRATHAM; Jane Roseline Yimchunger, Asst. Prof, Kohima Science College and Dr. Vizovol Mekro, Assoc. Prof. Kohima Science College will be making presentations on various topics during the two day workshop.