10,000 Excess Teachers In Nagaland Govt Schools: Rio

Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio on Thursday said that there is no shortage of teachers in the state, but has an excess of about 10,000 teachers as indicated by the current teacher-student ratio of 1:10 as against the national average of 1:30.

He was responding to a starred question in the State Assembly on Thursday.

Rio described the state ratio as good but only problem being lack of adequate teachers for math and science subjects.

The chief minister informed that an exercise was being carried out to identify schools having no enrolment but teachers posted and also schools where teachers outnumber students.

Rio said such schools will have to be clubbed together and teachers redeployed.

He urged the members to identify any issue in their area and give support and suggestions “correctly and not politically”.

The chief minister also noted that the cabinet had banned appointments during Covid-19 pandemic but, since the pandemic has eased, the ban was lifted.

However, between the process of scrutinising vacancies in each department coupled with NSF’s demand for NSSB and ENPO’s demand for 45% reservation, a case was filed and the court banned all appointments.

He said that till today, the government was struggling with the issue of appointment and urged upon members to give the government some time to resolve the issue.

Rio also said that the government has appealed to Gauhati High Court, Kohima Bench to remove restrictions on fresh appointments in various government departments.

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