A total number of 660 posts –– 128 graduate teachers (GTs) and 532 primary teachers (PTs) –– have fallen vacant during the last three years (2013-2017) in the department of school education (DoSE), stated minister for school education & SCERT, Yitachu, in the assembly on Friday.
The minister said the vacant posts were proposed to be filled up after the ban on new appointments were lifted by the state government. Responding to the starred question of Mmhonlumo Kikon, MLA, on the number of government high schools producing nil result in the HSLC examinations, the minister said that 24 schools produced nil results in 2014, 38 schools in 2015 and 30 schools in 2016.
Yitachu said the department has taken remedial measures to improve the HSLC results in the GHS including rationalisation of schools and teachers, posting of headmaster and assistant headmaster to the schools where there was no headmaster and assistant headmaster. He said other remedial measures initiated by the government were appointment of maths and science teacher even during freezing of new appointments , coaching classes in the government run schools, strengthening, monitoring and inspection of schools and remedial teaching in English, Maths and science under RMSA and SSA.
Yitachu informed that the delay in release of salaries of RMSA, SSA and Hindi teachers was due to delay in receipt of funds from the Ministry of Human Resource Development. In a supplementary question, Kikon said that producing nil results despite taking remedial measure was of great concern. He also asked what had been the many causes for the nil results and what was the process of remedial measures? Kikon added that producing nil results was not a good sign for the government-run schools.
BJP MLA also had asked whether the vehicles purchased for Mid Day Meal (MDM) was under the provision of the MDM scheme.
The MLA also wanted to know where the vehicles were used and whether there was a need to buy such vehicles when MDM could not be provided.
Replying to Kikon’s question on nil results, the minister said there was a variation for the cause of nil results. He explained that in 2014 out of 293 GHS, there were 132 schools where teachers were not provided. In 2015, he said 111 schools were not provided with teachers and it was provided only in 2016 midyear. Yitachu said that there were again 21 schools where teachers were yet to be provided.
He added that 168 schools were not provided with headmasters thereby administration control was not there thus affecting the schools.
Another factor, Yitachu said was that in due course of the school upgradation, maths and science teachers were not available. In the past, he said arts teachers were converted to maths and science teachers and even now as high as 50% of the schools were without maths and science teachers.
The minister said that since there was acute shortage of Naga candidates qualified for maths and science teachers, advertisements were floated even at national level, but that the response was very poor with only two responding to the advertisements.
He said no-availability of maths and science teachers had compounded the problem. Yitachu, however, said that the department was in the process of tracing out maths and science teachers, who were converted from arts, and also to revert those maths and science teachers, who were upgraded/promoted.
On procurement of MDM vehicles, he said while the department was in the process of trying to have effective delivery of MDM goods to the schools, it encountered difficulties in reaching the commodities to the various schools. Yitachu said the issue on the procurement of vehicles for MDM has been raised even at national level. He said the department was monitoring how effectively the vehicles were being utilized and were receiving good reports so far.