Retiring truant teachers fake news, says Zbto DC
Dimapur, July 28 (EMN): Contrary to claims in social media posts about the authorities asking truant and absentee teaching personnel to retire, the deputy commissioner (DC) of Zunheboto, Shanavas C has clarified that he has not asked ‘absentee teachers to retire if they do not want to turn up for classes regularly.’
It was on Saturday that social media users uploaded pictures of the DC and two of his officers teaching at the Zunheboto government higher secondary school. It was claimed that they were teaching at the school because some teachers were absent.
When contacted, the DC told Eastern Mirror that although they did teach at the school, there was no ultimatum that was served. He said that the news was exaggerated. Shanavas said that the teachers and the principal of the school were ‘hardworking and cooperative.’
The administrator said that many government schools in Nagaland have been showing unsatisfactory performance in examinations especially in Zunheboto in the recent years. “The pass percentage is very low and does not even cross 10%,” he said.
The students lack basic foundation in mathematics and science, the DC said. “This was the reason why we took the initiative to build the basic foundation for the students,” Shanavas explained. It has been two weeks since the initiative began, he said, and it will continue as long as he holds office. Currently, students of class 10 and 12 are being tutored in mathematics and science for two hours once every week on Saturdays. On non-working Saturdays, they teach on Friday.