Kohima, July 6 (EMN): All Nagaland Government Primary Teachers’ Association (ANGPTA) celebrated its 1st foundation cum thanksgiving day with the Deputy Director of School Education, Lipok Jamir, as special invitee at CANSSEA meeting hall, Kohima, this morning.
Speaking on the occasion, Jamir stressed on the need to bring back the past glory of government schools in the State through sincerity, dedication and punctuality of the teachers and also by doing the right things at the right time.
Calling the primary teachers as the ‘real nation builders,’ whose profession is honourable and respectable, Jamir also reminded the teachers of their roles as ‘models’ to the students. He emphasised that a teacher must possess a good character and good behaviour as the students learn more by observing.
Stating that every action is accountable before God, Jamir maintained that if a teacher is not performing his duty with sincerity, it will be a curse and vice versa. While acknowledging the many problems faced by the primary teachers, he asked them to overcome the obstacles and perform their duty with sincerity in imparting knowledge to the students- the future generation.
Giving a brief highlight on the works taken up in the past, ANGPTA vice president, T Along Changkiri, said the association has submitted more than ten representations and memorandums to the State government on cadre review and held several rounds of meetings with the Cadre Review Committee members.
He also informed that the Association had drafted proposal on revision of 7th ROP for the primary teachers and submitted to the Chief Secretary wherein in the 6th ROP provisions were given for them but the benefits were not given to the primary teachers.
One of the greatest achievements of the Association, he said was the merger of all the primary teachers from the eleven districts of the State into one body.
While observing that primary teachers in the State are the most neglected and deprived of their basic rights, presidents of ANGPTA Dimapur and Mokokchung units extended their full support and cooperation to stand in solidarity with ANGPTA in ensuring till the rights and other entitlements of the members are fulfilled.
ANGPTA president, James Ruokuoselhou, said the Association never endorses or encourages ‘proxy teaching’ in its noble profession and asked the members to refrain from it but rather inculcate a sense of responsibility in their profession.
The Association was formed with the objectives to protect its members comprising of more than 10,000 teachers from injustice, discrimination and prejudice on matters relating his/her service and to ensure that the rights and other entitlements of the members are fulfilled.
Besides others, ANGPTA also aims to stand firm till the elevation of all the registered members of graduate primary teachers and to ensure transparency in promotion, where seniority list will be strictly maintained and in no way it will be bypassed by the juniors.