The Educational system problem and Solution

  The Nagalim Times group in Facebook put up a topic and discusses every week and here is the contribution made by its members on educational system problem – causes and its measures to remove the problems.

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Luikham Naga: Realizing the importance of education and competitiveness in the global context the Govt. of India had passed an Act in the parliament for free and compulsory education between the age group of 6-14 on 4th August 2009, and made it a fundamental rights for every children under Article 21A of the Indian constitution when the act came into forced on 1st April 2010. Despite all the efforts to impart free education not only for the poor but for all the citizens of India, the states Govt. like Manipur and Nagaland have made RTE a business and take it as granted due to overwhelmingly growing of private institutions. If the higher authorities who are supposed to implement ignore the important of RTE, how will the children get benefit in the first place?

The funds sanctioned for education is being diverted to other purposes so the very mission of free education has become impossible. For e.g: Govt. SSA school teachers’ salary are paid after 5-6 months. We may need to first book those authorities who are diverting the funds meant for your children’s and my children’s education to MR, MP. How Ibobi’s Govt. a debtor could run the Govt.? Not paying Govt. employee’s salary for over a period of time again and again prove that the funds are diverted and functioning on credit. It is our rights to get free education for our children. We should not be spending hell lots of money for our children’s education in private schools. We are simply wasting our money on our children education due to corruption of our Govt. Those school fees which we are paying should be spend for other purposes or invest for our children’s higher education. We must find a way out to change this dirty system if we want a quality education for our children.

Elizabeth Gangmei: The main problems in the educational system in Manipur is practice of teachers appointment on bribe, nepotism, sub-standard infrastructure especially in the far-flung remote areas, teacher absenteeism, keeping substitute teacher instead of the regular teacher attending to their duty sincerely, drop-out of students before completion of the session, no meaningful learning taking place in the actual classroom, neglecting teachers in-service training etc. Poji Lk: Our educational system focus mainly on book knowledge giving very less important on extra-curricular activities like group interaction, sport, music, painting etc, which can evaluate and extract students’ natural skill or talent, poor relation between parent teacher, teacher and student is also one of the setbacks in our educational system. Today we need to develop a computerized educational management system. There is no hope to bring any changes in govt. schools since there is too much corruption involved in setting and running govt schools.

Dominic Kojing Shilshi:  The Ground work has to be prepared by the state government. Ensured schools building are available as specified under the RTE Act. Thatching, muddling and tented huts should not represent school buildings. Teachers have to be recruited timely and adequately. District level, local and village level school management committee must be augmented as per the guide line given under the RTE Act. Lastly fund for education must not be misused. Let there be some limit with corruption. And wolfs (UGs) must not be allowed to lay their hands in any way and they must be kept out by any means. There are government teachers who never go to school to teach. There are schools that remain redundant but in paper, one could find children with bustling education activities. There are teachers who roam in big cities enjoying themselves with their children who got a government job. These teachers rented out their teaching job to some needy people who would attend school on 50/50 salary sharing basis and retire with pension benefits. How should one address such problem? Think about it.

Sankhil Shelhon: See there is a lot of teacher in Manipur and Nagaland but if you go the village you will never find the real teacher you will see only the substitute one, mostly in hill district. Thohe Pou: Of course the Teachers’ monthly salary is little irregular but most of the people who could not get a central job or get good pay in Pvt. Sectors become the Govt. school teachers. Infact, most of the teachers are no eligible to become a teacher. The teachers are not motivated enough to sacrifice their time and share their knowledge to the students; most of them teach the students out of compulsion or as a duty. The problem starts from recruitment of teachers. In some schools, teachers are more than the students. The district school inspector knows all the problems in his or her district, but he or she remains as a silent spectator. The common people know the fact but prefer to remain silent; the common people also responsible to pathetic administration and teaching system in the state. There are many organizations but there is not any organization that stress on important of Education. The students Unions are now becoming like a political leaders and forget the important of education. Is there any Students Union in any district that stresses and give some important to Education? There are 1000s of NGOs, but not a single NGO involves or talks the important of Education. Every individual, teacher, Unions, organization, Govt. etc are responsible in one way or other way.

Hamung Shimmy Shimray: So true. But tell me why GOM pay salaries after 3 or 6 months? Are we indebted to GOI? I don’t think it’s ethical. Thohe Pou: The teachers Association or Union should protest against the Govt. on this aspect, but why no Teachers’ Union protests against the Govt? If the teachers are employed only to withdraw salary from the Bank without any purpose or intention to impart knowledge to the students, they won’t have any reasons or guts to protest against the Govt. for not giving salary on time. The village authority, Students Union and other bigger organisation should take the initiative and check the attendance of the teachers. Today, surprisingly, starting from me – teachers – students union – NGOs – and other frontal Organisations are all silent on educational system. I think there are too many problems to be highlighted but too less people who have concern for better educational system.

Sorah A Shipo: I would like to stress on one thing i.e. passion for Education. We need to have passion to teach and willingness to give knowledge and excitement in a child life to study more. As you all know that most of the teachers do not work out of passion but just to get a job for salary. There is also nepotism involves in all recruitment process starting from the highest level to the lowest job. Then how can we produce quality education? We are afresh with the SSA teacher recruitment and Primary teacher recruitment. So guys we the youth of the present era needs to bring change with the available instruments and agencies. Pax Khongrei: I am okay with giving away their job at half the salary, only if the appointee is a better than the teacher. All we need is a teacher with PASSION to teach and CREATE a better tomorrow. I would like to throw a question: What quality of products (Students) would be yield with the kind of teachers we have at present?

Shelvingam Sankhil Khamrang: Govt. should salary on a regular basis, due to long pending salary all the teachers are busy trying to find alternative income and we don’t find teacher when one visit Govt schools. Mark Chaz: I think lack of transparency while recruiting Teachers is one of the major problems. Daingam Gonmei: We the people of Manipur and Nagaland are poor. But if we utilize properly the present schools, we can solve the problem. I do not know about Nagaland but in Manipur education Dept. has eaten up all the funds that comes under RTE for teachers’ salary.

Edited by:

Dr. Thohe Pou,  NTIMES Admin.

Corruption and measures to remove corruption

The Nagalim Times group in Facebook put up a topic and discusses every week and here is the contribution made by its members on corruption – causes and its measures to remove corruption.

 Here are some of the causes of corruption as shared by the members:

Ben Gondaimei: Laziness, absence of responsibility and loyalty, lack of accountability, lose morals and social etiquette, lack of respect to others, greed, pride, lack of self esteem and confidence etc. Luikang Lamak: looking for easy money by doing short cut works” Joseph Sha: Corruption is prevailing in our society because there is no one to check corruption. People on top are corrupted themselves so they are not willing to correct and punish their sub-ordinates. The mentality of our people is that things stolen from government or some NGOs are not counted as stealing. They never understood that eating of easy hoarding money causes cancer and other diseases at the end of the day. Had they understood this simple fact, many might have been kept from corruption.

Star Kashung: This is the right time to come to God and commit our life into His mighty hand. If we really have faith in Lord Jesus Christ corruption will be automatically wipe out from our life. Majority corrupt in Naga society – politicians, officers, social workers, govt. employees, civil society leaders, even church leaders, nation workers, individuals, etc. Ato Newme: Lack of concern and love for his own people, explosion of educated population and less employment opportunities, and inactivity of laws or judiciary to deal with corruption and corrupted people. Grace Kayina: Self-centered is big one; there is no truth and honesty anymore, only pleasing people to find their own way and not for society. Jims Marchang: love of money and searching easy ways to fulfill their dreams, spending more than what they have, no dignity and integrity, no honesty, wives bugging their husbands about the new car bought by their neighbors, children demanding more than the need and parents wanting to fulfill their wants, no strict laws and rules to punish the law breakers etc.

Tennoson Pheiray: as a Naga lack of integrity and dignity is the root cause of all forms of corruption prevailing in our society. Our great great grandfather was respected and appreciated by others for their simplicity and honesty. Achui Shimray Lunghar: we have become too materialistic and we are granting social acceptance and legitimacy to corruption! Saam Shekoangshu: Corruption is a part of life, but at first we need to change ourselves then only we can fight for corruption. Aaron Keishing: Corruption is a disease, a virus which cannot be cured without killing the person who has already habituated or learned/mastered. If we are united then only we can fight against corruption. The irony is: even the person who shouts against corruption also looking for easy money. Some person formed vigilant organization to check corruption. They are best defined as extortionists from office and individuals in the name of controlling corruption. How to deal with this?

Juyine Hectar: To me poverty, less salary, unemployment and lack of proper education in our society is the root cause of all corruption, once these problems are solved then slowly the level of corruption can come down. Dee Henry Liangmai: We speak of corruption and discuss to resolve the issue, but I wonder how many of us really do stand against corruption. How many of us can really resist this temptation? When it comes to job, in board exam, in 12 exam, how many of us have the principles to fight against corruption. Let us be an example. Sorah A Shipo: Greed, power, wealth, zeal, trying to cope with fast changing world, despite our incapability leads to acceptance of the tainted character and mind.

Some other points includes: selfishness, greediness, lack of self-discipline, no strong religious background, dishonest, political corruption, give more emphasis to individual values, moral development, greed for money, power, fame etc.

Measures to remove corruption;

Ato Newme: Acepting Lok Pal Bill, creation of of more employment opportunities, introducing strict law to deal the corrupted people without partiality. Jims Marchang: Only one HUGE measure is required in Indian context – arrest, punish and suspend from their post and give a deadline to all the corrupt officials to return all the bribe money. Sadly it will never happen in India, look at our Naga officials – they are one among the most corrupt officials I’ve ever seen. They don’t even work and waits for the salary and complains if Rs 5 is deducted from their salary. Without working drawing salary is also a kind of corruption. Somipam Wungrai Vashum: it is all intertwined, only spiritual and humanity minded person can overcome this disease.

Marshall Shongjanwo Shimrayy: To remove this evil cause, all the society be it students, professional, farmers, teacher, politician etc should involve and also should take firm decision that our political sort of government changed. Increased transparency is also essential for limiting it. Ben Gondaimei: Some remedies-Prevention of Corruption ACT 1947, Mass communication and Media should be honest, no bribing-should be dealt seriously, no favouritism, salaries should be increase according to price rise/inflation etc etc. Nathanael Panmei: Honesty is the simplest and the best remedial measure because corruption starts from dishonesty.

Joseph Sha: For tackling corruption, I felt that teachers play a very important role; they should teach the younger ones with their lives (exemplary life). For this matter it includes all the teachers viz. Pastors, Evangelist, Theologians and all the people who are reading and commenting on this page. And one of the most important points is that there should be people to check and punish the perpetrators. As for these days the only agent that’s checking and punishing the perpetrator is God alone. Poji LK: spreading awareness through various social programes, seminar, social media etc on this corruption issue can be one of the best weapon to eradicate or stop rampant practices of corruption in our society.

Edited by: Dr. Thohe Pou