Thursday, 29 September 2011

Lack of well trained teachers in the state: Imkonglemba

Imkonglemba Ao IAS, commissioner and secretary, SE and SCERT, Government of Nagaland, Kohima advocated for trained teachers in the state for effective implementation of Right to Education (RTE) Act 2009.

Speaking as the chief guest at the seminar on Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009 (a discussion with NGOs) on Thursday organized by SCERT Nagaland at DUDA Guest house Kohima, Imkonglemba disclosed that around 60% govt. schools and 80% private schools teachers in Nagaland are untrained.

However, he revealed that the policy of the Government of India was to provide free and compulsory education from the age 6- 14 in spite of the differences and difficulties in implementing the Act. 

He said RTE was a constitutional provision and hoped board exams would be done away with at the elementary level by next year in the state. 

He also announced that RTE would be implemented in all the states of India depending on the ground rules of that particular state.

Kevi Liegise, joint director, RTE and training, SCERT in his keynote address said Right to Education (RTE) Act 2009 for free and compulsory education was indeed a bold move aimed at the realization of educational justice to all. 
“Justice and transparency are two keywords under this Act and it was a noble initiative that deserves the support of all concerned”, he added.

Kevi also stressed that under RTE there is no-detention, no expulsion, no board exam, free education even in private schools for the economically weak section of society, admission according to age, special training etc. 

N. Khevito Sema, director, school education in his brief speech, encouraged and sought active cooperation of NGOs for the successful implementation of RTE in the state.

The discussion session was participated by Aheto Sumi, president All Nagaland private schools association (ANPSA), Ponchulo wanth President All Nagaland Schools Teachers’ Association (ANSTA), Nini Meru Chairman NBSE, Kepelhoutuo advisor ANSTA, SCERT members and others.

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