Principal secretary of school education, Menukhol John, addressing a press conference on Monday in Kohima

Kohima : The school education department of the state government on Monday announced that under the National Initiative for School Heads’ and Teachers Holistic Advancement (NISHTHA) programme, a Centrally sponsored scheme of Samagra Shiksha, nearly 17,000 elementary teachers and head teachers from the state will be trained by March this year. Joining the nation-wide teacher’s training exercise programme, the first phase will begin from January 28 to February 1.

Categorized into five phases, the second phase is scheduled from February 4-8. In the initial two phases, 7250 teachers and head teachers are expected to be trained. The third phase will commence after the High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) and Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate (HSSLC) examinations. The entire process is targeted to be completed by March, with the last phase being the spill over, and will cover 16,872 elementary teachers and head teachers in the state.

When asked about the development of the Nagaland government’s decision to terminate over 3,000 untrained elementary teachers from service , John said that rather than being sacked, these teachers are being trained to continue their service. He also added that the Department had requested the Centre for an extension of date to ensure that all teachers are trained.

To be held across all districts simultaneously, the training is mandatory for all elementary teachers and school heads from the state and will be conducted by trained Key Resource Persons (KRPs) and State Resource Persons (SRPs). In Nagaland, there are 113 SRPs trained by the NRPs as resource persons.

John pointed out that strict attendance will be monitored, as the elementary sector is a “great concern” for the state and that this training exercise opportunity must be seized. Therefore, the conduct of the programme will be closely monitored by the School Education department, SCERT and Samagra Sikhsha.

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John also said that the teacher-student ratio stands at 1:8. And while the state government has been initiating timely trainings for teachers, John said that this training will be continued if it proves beneficial for the teachers and students. NISHTHA will ensure a comprehensive monitoring and mentoring mechanism through embedded post training interventions.

The training is aimed to motivate and equip teachers to encourage and foster critical thinking in students, handle diverse situations and act as first-level counselors. This will in turn improve the learning outcome of the students, besides creating an inclusive classroom class-room environment.

Launched by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) on August 21 last year, NISHTHA is one of the two MHRD transformative ideas for the 100 days program of the Government of India (GoI) to train 42 Lakh teachers and head teachers, making it the world’s largest teacher’s training exercise programme.

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