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Govt down grades seven non-performing GHS: Tokheho

Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, DEC 7 (NPN)
Published on 7 Dec. 2017 11:45 PM IST
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School Education minister, Tokheho Yepthomi on Thursday disclosed that the state government has started to initiate action against non-performing government schools.
In this regard, he said seven Government High Schools (GHS) were downgraded to Government Middle Schools (GMSs) with effect from the academic session-- 2018-19 for producing nil results in the HSLC examinations for three consecutive years.  
The high schools which were downgraded to GMSs were-- GHS Sakshi, Longleng; GHS Chinngmei, Tuensang; GHS Phenshunyu, Kohima; GHS Panso, Tuensang; GHS Seyochungm, Kiphire; GHS Bura Namsang, Longleng and GHS Noksen, Tuensang.  
The minister said this at the monolith unveiling programme, to mark the up-gradation of GHS Singrijan to Higher Secondary level on Thursday.  
Two other GHS Purana Bazaar and GHS Diphupar ‘A’ were also upgraded to Government Higher Secondary Schools, the minister informed. 
Tokheho also informed that eight Government Middle Schools were upgraded to GHSs. 
He further disclosed that the department would be putting up open advertisement to recruit 532 primary teachers of which 213 would be for the ENPO areas.
To solve the shortage of mathematics and science teachers faced by the most of the schools, he informed that 144 math and science teachers would be inducted in 2017, where 53 would be deployed in ENPO areas.  
Sending a strong message that the quality education cannot be compromised, Tokheho warned all the schools to immediately stop the system of proxy teachers. He said most of the government schools in the state were under a “sickness” due to the presence of proxy teachers. 
In Dimapur alone, the minister pointed out that there were approximately 400 excess teachers, but only few were performing or attending work. 
It was for this reason, Tokheho said he had taken the bold step to recall all teachers attached to VIPs, directorate, DEOs and SDEOs by redeploying them to their respective schools. Though some of them have approached the court, Tokheho however maintained that the government cannot compromise the future of thousands of students. “Corrective steps should be initiated against such people,” he added.
The minister also reiterated that the state government has decided to implement 7th RoP from January 1, 2018. However, he said that once implemented, the State would be incurring an additional burden of Rs. 882 crore annually to cover 1.43 lakh employees including work-charged.
As per 2011 census, Nagaland has 19.87 lakh population, which could be lower if proper census was taken, Tokheho said.
While pointing out that Nagaland had the highest number of government employees in North Eastern region, he said the population-government employee ratio was not justifiable. 
He cited the example of Meghalaya-- which has 24 lakh population with 68, 000 government employees and Manipur-- 27 lakh population with 69, 000 government employees. 
Despite “huge government employees” in the state, the minister said only less than 2/3 of the employees were working or attending offices.

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