TNT News | Shillong, Feb 18, 2018:
The Meghalaya SSA School Association (MSSASA) has lashed out at the Congress-led government in the state for its alleged failure to impart quality education in the state stating that majority of the teachers in the State were untrained (not having specified minimum qualification) even after lapse of six years of enactment of the RTE Act.
According to a release issued by the MSSASA Central body on Sunday, its president Aristotle C. Rymbai said that when talking about quality of education in Meghalaya, this is what the government has done during the last 6 years.
Despite having seven District Institute for Education and Training (DIETs) under Director of Education, Research and Training (DERT) and National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) centres, majority of the teachers in the State were untrained, Rymbai said.
Rule 17 of the Meghalaya Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Rules, 2011, stipulates that the State Government shall provide adequate teacher education facilities to ensure that all teachers, who do not possess the minimum qualifications as per the RTE Act, are to acquire such minimum qualifications within a period of five years from the commencement of the Act.
“But in our state as per report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, 77 percent and 85 percent of the primary and upper primary teachers respectively were untrained as on March 2016. As per finding of Audit report, there was no improvement in the position of untrained teachers both in the primary as well as upper primary schools,” Rymbai added.
During the period covered by Audit, only 4,385 and 3,437 untrained teachers were trained during 2013-14 and 2014-15 respectively, and these 4,385 teachers are yet to received the training Certificates of D. El. Ed Course from NIOS whereas 3,437 teachers yet to start the 2nd year class. Futher No teachers were trained during 2010-11 to 2012-13 and during 2015-16.
At present in Meghalaya, 26941 nos of in-service untrained teachers teaching at elementary level registered with NIOS to acquire D. El. Ed Course for a period of 2017-19, which till date the allotment of Study Centres yet to be done by government.
This has resulted in confusion because the competent authority of NIOS already notified for payment of Examination fees from February 15 to March 6, 2018.
“Failure of the State Government to reduce the percentage of untrained teachers indicates that no sincere efforts were made by the Government of Meghalaya for training the teachers for attaining the minimum qualification as per the NCTE norms, which the percentage of untrained teachers remained the same even after lapse of 6 years thereby signifying that the quality of education imparted to the children under the Act was being compromised,” Rymbai said.