Students hold billboards in honour of teachers during state level Teachers’ Day celebration in Kohima on September 5. (Morung Photo/Chizokho Vero)
September 6 declared schools holiday
Kohima | September 5
Nagaland today recognized the invaluable contribution of teachers and honoured them in a befitting manner on the occasion of Teachers’ Day.
The occasion, on the other hand, was also somber with the department of school education landscape gripped by a number of ultimatums and agitations from teachers on a number of issues, besides the plight of government schools marred by poor results and poor infrastructure and man power.
In a state level Teachers’ Day celebration here, Nagaland school education advisor K.T. Sukhalu declared September 6 as schools holiday across the state on account of Teachers’ Day.
Addressing the gathering, Sukhalu challenged government school teachers to take pledge that “all Government High Schools and Higher Secondary Schools will not repeat nil results in 2019.”
Sukhalu proposed to post headmaster, assistant headmaster and subject teachers especially Maths & Science in all high schools and higher secondary schools to ensure that the students do not suffer for want of subject teachers and are well prepared for the exams.
“The only delay is due to the ongoing court case by the teachers on seniority basis,” he said.
Sukhalu regretted that certain section of teachers resort to ultimatums and agitations to press for their demands. “This is a democratic country where no one is forced to work against his/her wishes,” he said.
However, he stated that every job both in government and private sectors has terms and conditions and individuals seeking jobs are aware of the nature of employment before applying for the job.
“Individuals not satisfied with the terms of their service should not continue in service and can tender their resignation,” he said.
Poor performance in maths, science
He also termed it disheartening to note poor performance especially in Maths & Science subjects which is very much below the national average. The annual status of education report 2017 says that in Nagaland only 30.4% of the students in the 14-18 age groups can successfully do simple division as against national average of 43.1%.
He said the formative years of childhood stage i.e 6-8 years are globally acknowledged to be the most critical period for lifelong development.
Stating that since the pace of development during these years is extremely rapid, he viewed that those early years of childhood needs to be supported by stimulating and enriching physical and psychological environment to enable the child brain to develop its full potential.
He recognized the sincere and commendable job being rendered many teachers in the remote areas and described them as “the unsung heroes of the department.”
Reminds teachers to submit Aadhar number
Sukhalu reminded all the teachers to submit their Aadhar number to the department without further delay. He informed that the department will shortly introduce Aadhar linked biometric system to check attendance of teachers in schools.
He also said that all attached teachers of various offices must resume their duties by joining their assigned school without delay.