‘No intention of depriving any deserving aspirant’

School Education Advisor apologises

KOHIMA, FEBRUARY 26 (MExN): Facing vitriol following what was taken as insensitive remark by two communities, the Advisor, School Education, Dr Kekhrie Yhome, made amends issuing a public apology on February 26. Dr Yhome courted controversy on February 6 when he told the media at a public function that Ao and Sumi candidates should not be recruited for the post of primary teacher in government-run schools for the next ten years.

The comment, interpreted as an exclusionary measure, had the frontal organisations of the two communities fuming and up in arms demanding that the Advisor reconsider and retract his February 6 statement. 

Ten days later, on February 16, Dr Yhome issued a statement explaining the basis of his comment, while maintaining that the intention was not to hurt any community. The explanation, unfortunately, was lost in scholarly language and did not help to calm emotions. 

The Ao Students’ Conference (AKM) and All Sumi Students' Union (SKK), in turn, treated Dr Yhome's choice of language as “bombastic” and “derogatory,” and a reluctance to accept the outrage his comment allegedly caused. The two bodies sought clarification “on the true meaning behind Dr Yhome's” statement and its immediate retraction.  

Ten days to the February 16 statement, the Advisor formally issued apology to the SKK and AKM, on February 26, a copy of which was forwarded to the media. 

In the letter, he expressed pain at having hurt the sentiments of the two communities, while acknowledging a perceived confusion his statements have had on the public perception.

He said, “In this regard, I want to make it amply clear that I have no intention to deprive any deserving aspirant. I express my sincere apology if my aforementioned speech and statement has hurt anyone. I earnestly appeal for goodwill and understanding.”