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‘For quality education we need trained teachers’

Higher Education Minister Dr Shurhozelie unveiling the monolith of the new B. Ed College at Yimyu Ward Mokokchung on February 22. (DIPR Photo)
Yimyu, February 22 (DIPR): Nagaland Higher Education Minister, Shurhozelie has said that the State needs trained teachers more than anything else at this moment to achieve the goal for quality education in the State. “Though we have higher literacy rate and GDR with low drop out rate, we are still lagging behind in producing trained teachers” Shurhozelie said adding that teachers’ education needs more urgent attention than ever before. He was speaking after inaugurating a New B. Ed college at Yimyu Ward Mokokchung on February 22.

Expressing government concern over huge number of untrained teachers in the Secondary and Higher Secondary levels which is more than untrained teachers in the elementary and primary levels, the Minister said that there is a need to open more B. Ed colleges in the State to cater to the training needs of teachers. He however said due to resource constraints and high cost involvement it is difficult to open more colleges by the government as well as the private. He said there are only three B. Ed colleges in the State, one in government and two in the private sector.
Higher Education Minister Shurhozelie
inaugurates new B. Ed College in Mokokchung

Besides the new B. Ed College at Yimyu, Mokokchung another private college is expected to be opened at Kohima and at least two more colleges are likely to be opened next year to accommodate more students.
Sharing his concern over insufficient human resource and capacity to run B. Ed colleges, Shurhozelie said government is making effort to start M. Ed course at Nagaland college of Teacher Education, Kohima. Describing teaching profession as a very rewarding and satisfying profession the Minister urged upon brilliant students to opt for teaching profession and also join M. Ed course.

Home Minister, Imkong L. Imchen who was the guest of honour at the function thanked the government for opening the much needed B. Ed College at Yimyu and called upon the college faculty and the people of Khensa village and Yimyu Ward to make the Institution a unique educational Institution in the State. He also thanked Commissioner & Secretary Higher Education, F.P. Solo and Director Chubainla for their tireless effort to open the new college.

Deputy Commissioner, Mokokchung Lithrongla G. Chishi and Chairman, Khensa Village Council also addressed the inaugural function. The function chaired by F.P Solo, was attended among others by MLA Nuklutoshi, MLA Toshipokba, government officials and the public.

With the inauguration of the new B. ED college at Yimyu Ward of Mokokchung town, the classes will soon start for which the college has undertaken all necessary steps for smooth running of the classes. Disclosing this to media persons after the inauguration, the new Principal of the college, Dr. Rokono Iralu said that the new college would have intake capacity of 100 students in one academic year. She said 70 seats will be for in-service and the remaining 30 seats will be for others. She said the new college is facing shortage of teachers but added that State government is expediting the process of posting the teachers.

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