‘Strong foundation important for any society to grow’

‘Strong foundation important for any society to grow’

Chief secretary Temjen Toy releases video on roles & responsibilities of SMC/SMDC during state level sensitization of district personnel on community mobilization and training in Kohima on May 15.

State level sensitization of district personnel on community mobilization & training held

Our Correspondent

Kohima | May 15

The state’s department of school education today conducted a one day state level sensitization of district personnel on community mobilization and training at the Capital Convention Centre, Kohima.

Chief secretary Temjen Toy released a video on roles & responsibilities of School Management Committees/School Management Development Committee, which will be used at the forthcoming district and block level training programmes.

Toy, who is also chairman of Nagaland Education Mission Society, said that it is very important to lay strong foundation for any society to grow. He said that teachers and officers have been tasked with immense responsibility of setting the foundation right for the society. He also stated that the community has also to play important role along with officers for setting the foundation of education right. Urging the officers to do with missionary zeal on whatever they do, he was optimistic that whatever action taken by them, will go a long way in changing the standard of education in Nagaland.

Menukhol John, principal secretary school education & SCERT expressed happiness over the slight improvement of 43% pass percentage in the HSLC examination compared to 40 % last year in government schools.

He added that even at the higher secondary sector, the government schools have done fairly well and especially at the commerce level government schools have performed much better than the private institutions in terms of pass percentage. He remarked that the government of India has started grading each and every state in terms of performance grading index and added that things are going to be different with the revamping of Samagra Shiksha and the general activities of the School Education Department.

He said the department is going to start putting into place mobile apps which is expected to be introduced next month. He said that through this mobile app various activities will be uploaded by the respective schools from all districts across the state. John said the mobile app will help in the visibility of implementing various activities at the elementary, secondary and higher secondary level. He therefore, urged all the participants to make full use of the mobile applications in order to bring visible transparency in the activities of every district.

He assured that issue in terms of shortages and timely distribution of text books, uniforms, performance indicators of teachers and students will be addressed in the coming days.

He also said that the department will focus on out of school children and children with special needs in the coming days.

Stressing on the importance of overall performance of the department, he urged all teachers to walk extra mile to improve performance indicators all year round.

He added that our state had shown improvement in terms of gender equation and decrease in dropout rates in schools but, one very discouraging indicator was in the area of physical education curriculum which is the lowest in the entire country with 13% which he said was very discouraging.

In this, he urged all the teachers to concentrate on the area and see that physical education for children is part of the daily routine in all the schools.
School education director Wonthungo Tsopoe stated that school is a managerial society where the prosperity of school reflects the prosperity of the society.

Tsopoe, mentioned that, Education department is the only department of the State, where society evaluates the performance every year, henceforth, one needs to be responsible in carrying out and addressing the problems of the community.

He also stressed on the need to identify the problems and difficulties of the children and to identify the resources that are available in the community, so the department will be able to take the initiative and create community mobilization.

Tsopoe further said that the teacher’s duty is not only going to the classroom but goes beyond in identifying the children lack of motivation, their level of aspiration and language problems.

Teachers have to play a role as a mentor, guide and as a parent to their students, in a way of inculcating their reading habits and giving a special tuition after school hours, he added.

He remarked that looking back at the history of education system, earlier, teachers were not as qualified as today but they were more committed in their call of profession, whereas today teachers are highly qualified but lack commitment which is a great concern.

In this, he urged the teachers to be committed in improving the standard of education and bringing a change in our society.

Kevileno Angami, State Mission Director, Samagra Shiksha, Nagaland said that the district personnel will be trained on the role and responsibility of the community, because community is a major stakeholder in the delivery of education.

Resource persons Dr. Kevizakie Rio, JMD, RMSA Nagaland talked on “The roles and responsibilities of SMC/SMDC” and Nuchiyi Lohe on “Account maintenance, record keeping and Shagunotsav.”

In the second technical session, Lhoukuo, Kikhu K. Achumi, Timothy Thong, Talitemsu Jamir, Vilvino Kikhi, Khriekethozo. Thungchibemo and Omei Konyak were the resource persons and talked on UDISE % ICT, Right to Education & Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan, Shaala Sidhi, Inclusive Education (Elementary), Inclusive Education (Secondary), Mid Day Meal, Learning outcomes & NAS and equity, access, KGBV, Girls hostel respectively.

Theyievilie Suohumvu, deputy mission director and co-ordinator Vekhozo moderated the first and second technical session respectively.