Nagaland School Association urges Govt to consider continuation of regular classes in three districts
Following the order of the State Government for closure of classes 1 to 8, the All Nagaland Private School Association of Zunheboto, Mon and Peren districts have written to the Government to consider for the continuation of regular classes or on alternate days citing that there were zero positive cases in these districts.
Principal Director of School Education, C.Shanavas commenting on the letters written by these three units said that to consider the request is not in the department’s purview since the closure of schools for classes 1-8 is a policy decision of the State Government and the decision has to be in the government level and not the department.
“Today we don’t have any positive cases does not mean tomorrow we cannot have one. Whatever said and done, safety is first. Many of the organisations have written to the government. This is a policy decision, and the government has decided that classes will be closed, but maybe on a later date if the situation permits then we can consider opening in those areas. The government will decide,” Shanavas said.
Shanavas stated all teachers will have to be in their respective posting places and education has to continue and if any teacher is found neglecting their duties, the department will take action so that there is deterrence.
“We have instructed teachers to enter their daily activities in their teacher’s diary, mobile teachers application and we will monitor through the mobile teacher’s application and in our online portal, schools have to report their daily activities along with the teacher’s attendance. If we come across any teachers neglecting their duties, then we will have to take some kind of action so that there is deterrence,” he added.
If students cannot attend classes then worksheets, notebooks, assignments have to be distributed by the teachers. Adding that videos, digital lessons of the previous year are still available on their YouTube and Facebook page, Shanavas informed.
He further said, if the closure of school continues for a longer duration then the department will upload more digital lessons, however, the final statement is that teachers have to be in the station and help the students, especially in the remote areas the teachers can have one-to-one interaction as the enrollment is less.
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