Dimapur, June 11 (EMN): A training programme on school and education management, and managerial tasks was conducted on June 11 at Kohima.
The government’s publicity agency, the department of Information and Public Relations (IPR), issued a report offering updates about the programme.
The programme imparted training about the role and responsibilities of school management committees, Right to Education Act of 2009; quality, social audit, account maintenance, record keeping and ‘Shagunotsav’ or census of Schools; and mid-day meal etc.
Addressing the participants and trainees was Kevileno Angami, state mission director for the education project Samagra Shiksha. She said that the government had constituted the school management committee as part of the Communitisation of Public Institutions and Service Act of 2002.
The official said that the school management committee was set up to monitor the working of schools, prepare and recommend school development plans and to monitor the utilization of the grants received from the government and local authority or any other sources.
Angami appreciated the school management committee of Rusoma village in Kohima district for “contributing their services not only with government assistance but with their own innovative ideas for the improvement of the schools,” the IPR reported.
An associate professor at the State Council of Educational Research and Training, Thungchibemo Lotha spoke about the role and responsibilities of management committees and Right to Education Act. The IPR did not mention what the roles and responsibilities that the resource person spoke about.
Lotha said the “universalisation” (sic) of elementary education was a constitutional commitment to provide free and compulsory education to all children of the age group 6-14 years. The number of students dropping out of school is increasing every year at all levels, he said. He urged the school management committees to ensure that free and compulsory education are given to all categories of children.
A similar programme was conducted in Mokokchung. The district mission authority of the elementary education programme the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) of the district, organised the “community mobilization” and training programme, which was conducted on June 11 in the town hall in Mokokchung.
Delivering the keynote address was subdivision officer (civil) for Mokokchung, Abhinav Shivam. He was stated to have urged the gathering to be the ‘agents of transformation.’ Education is the key to transforming the society, Shivam said. “We need to educate ourselves if we need to transform our society.”
According to the officer, there were many students in the school who are from poor families. He asked the people involved in educating these children to consider the child their own.
“The way, we care the children we are nurturing the society,” Shivam said. ‘If we fail the child we are failing humanity and failing ourselves as humans for the way we care the children we are nurturing the society.’
The programme had a technical session to it. During the first session, topics concerning the various aspects of the Right to Education with specific reference to “reconstitution” of the SMC/WEC, and account maintenance and recordkeeping, and inclusive education among others.
During the second session, topics about the Midday Meal, learning outcome, and residential hostels among others were discussed, the IPR added.