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Kohima: In a significant development, the Nagaland government has decided to terminate over 3,000 untrained elementary teachers from service by March next year.

This was announcing by Menukhol John, principal secretary of school education, during his keynote address at the 40th triennial conference of the All Nagaland School Teachers’ Association (ANSTA) held in Kohima recently.

John said the school education department in the state was one of the biggest employers with 25% of the state’s budget being paid for salary. In order to bring about a change in the state’s education system, it is important to have well-qualified teachers, the principal secretary added.

Quoting official data, John said that over 20,000 teachers were employed in the 1,013 government schools in Nagaland, but only 41% of students study in government schools. Government school teachers are the most irresponsible, he added.

He said enrollment in Class IX in government schools was 34.98% in 2016 but came down to 33.98% in 2017, before further dropping to 25% this year. At the same time, the percentage of enrollment in private schools was 74.62% in 2018.

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