School workers worried by ‘overcrowded’ schools
Dimapur, February 6
Employees of government-run higher secondary schools are appealing to the Minister for School Education to ensure that the enrollment of students in schools is proportionate to the number of teaching staffers, and the infrastructure available. An organization called the ‘Nagaland Government Higher Secondary School Employees’ Association’ issued a press release Thursday.The organization acknowledged Minister for School Education CM Chang for taking “bold steps” to upgrade 22 government high schools in various parts of the state to higher secondary schools.
“The enrolment in schools should be proportionate to the teaching staffs and infrastructures available and teacher-students ratio should be maintained.
If these conditions are not taken into consideration the quality of education will be compromised,” the association said I the press release. The press release was appended by the group’s president Elhikha Kenye and general secretary Chungngam Konyak.
The employees’ association said there are 19 government higher secondary schools in the state. Out of them, the higher secondary schools of Mon, Tuensang, Kohima, Dimapur and Phek are “overcrowded”.
The organization also said that many primary schools and middle schools of the government were upgraded as a result of the enactment of the Right to education Act, as well as for the implementation of the SSA and RMSA mission.
The development calls for the state government to “upgrade more higher secondary schools to accommodate the increasing number of students to higher classes,” the organization said.
“In the current academic year 21, 678 students from different examination centers will be appearing the HSLC exam.
The number of students qualifying 2014 HSLC exam is expected to increase by few thousands. In order to accommodate the students to class-11, the NGHSSEA would like to request the department of School Education to expedite the process of implementing all the newly-upgraded GHSS before the declaration of HSLC result so as to enable the schools to make necessary preparations for admissions.”