Maintaining that “nepotism and favoritism” would damage the future of the young generation, Minister of roads & bridges and parliamentary affairs Kuzholuzo (Azo) Nienu Thursday urged upon politicians and department officials to do away with such practices while appointing candidates as teachers.
Speaking as chief guest at the State level Teachers Day 2013 in the Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC) Convention Centre Kohima, under the aegis of the Directorate of School Education Nagaland , Azo reminded that the poor results of the government schools should serve as a wakeup call for the government schools. He said there was a need for total transformation of government schools.
He reminded that the state government was providing various assistance and facilities under SSA, RMSA, RTE, communitization, and urged teachers to ensure that gender and social inequality did not take place in schools.
He said measures such as counseling rather than corporal punishment be taken up in schools and also cautioned teachers to beware of cyber crime, sexual harassment, use of intoxicants, drug abuse, ragging etc.
Naga Student Federation (NSF) president Tongpang Ozukum in his speech , reminded teachers of their role as nation builders. He said teachers were responsible for shaping and moulding the students and so deserved to be honored and respected.
Commissioner secretary Imkonglemba in his remark urged the teachers to re-dedicate themselves and also highlighted the broader side of teaching profession.
All together 33 teachers from across the state received the State Level Teachers Award 2013. The awardees received a cash of award of Rs. 15,000 and a certificate. Special presentation was made by T. M. Govt. Higher Secondary School Kohima, honouring of teachers by Mt. Hermon HSS, special musical item by Rev. Neiliezhü School of Music, cultural item by Mezhür HSS, entertainment items by NRPS Hindi U Vidyalaya, Tabitha Enabling Academy and Taekwondo Demonstration by G. Rio HSS marked the celebration. Host of legislators, department officials and students from various schools attended the function.
Meanwhile, it was informed that two teachers from Nagaland- Assistant Teacher GMS Tuophema under Kohima District Sasievi Kaco and Senior Graduate Teacher Amitsen Gupta under Phek District- have received National Teachers Award in New Delhi. The state government has declared September 6 as holiday for all schools in Nagaland in honour of the teachers.