For a long time now, both students and teachers of Nagaland have been suffering due to improper infrastructure of schools and colleges, low-class teaching practices, and other such gaps in the education sectors. And the covid-19 pandemic has made the situation worse. But now, the Govt of India and the World Bank has signed a $68 million worth project with the Govt of Nagaland to improve the infrastructure and teaching practices across the state.
$68 Million Would Be Spent in Improving Teaching Practices and Infrastructure
The education sector of the state is in a very degrading condition. And the pandemic has only added to the woes. Somehow, it got the attention of the World Bank and it signed the ‘Nagaland Enhancing Classroom Teaching and Resources Project’ with the Govt of India and the state. The entire $68 million will be spent on improving school/college infrastructures, teaching practices, building high-end classrooms, integrated online learning facility amongst others. It is expected that with this project being carried out well, the education sector will readily improve in Nagaland.
Nearly 1.5 lakh students and 20 thousand teachers will be benefited from the project
There are almost 1.5 lakh students in Nagaland and 20,000 teachers, who shall get the benefits of this project. A statement by the finance ministry says, “The Nagaland Enhancing Classroom Teaching and Resources Project will improve classroom instruction; create opportunities for the professional development of teachers and build technology systems to offer students and teachers with more access to blended and online learning as well as allow better monitoring of policies and programs. Such an integrated approach will complement conventional delivery models and help reduce the challenges posed by COVID-19. Nearly 150,000 students and 20,000 teachers in the government education system in Nagaland will get an advantage from the statewide reforms in schools.”
“Crucial gaps” to be filled, said the additional secretary of the finance ministry, C S Mohapatra
In another statement by the additional secretary of the department of economic affairs in the ministry of finance, C S Mohapatra, it is revealed that the centre and the World Bank have joined hands to fill the “crucial gaps” in the education system of Nagaland. It was further stated that by filling this gap, the state will get benefited a lot. Hopefully, the professional opportunities will increase more in the state after the project is implemented successfully.
TPT Policy Advocacy and Recommendations
- It is high time the Govt of India must focus on improving the quality of education in several schools and universities across the country. The easy appointment of teachers with a huge amount of ransom must be checked evidently to improve the teaching practices.
- The move to improve Nagaland’s education sector is indeed a welcoming one but at the same time, the education sector of other states must also be taken into consideration by the centre. There are hundreds and thousands of kids who do not get proper educational opportunities and the Govt must bring policies to provide them free education.