SHILLONG: The Meghalaya SSA School Association (MSSASA) Central Body President Aristotle C Rymbai said that the quality of education in the State is not up to the mark.
The teachers body leader also questioned what the State government of Meghalaya has done during the last eight years to improve the standards of quality education. Despite having seven District Institute for Education and Training (DIETs) under Directorate of Educational Research and Training (DERT) and National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) centres, majority of the teachers in the State were untrained (not having specified minimum qualification) even after a lapse of eight years of enactment of the RTE Act, compared to the other Northeastern States.
While expressing his concern on the agenda Rymbai said, “Rule 17 of the Meghalaya Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Rules, 2011, stipulates that” the State Government shall provide adequate teacher education facilities to ensure that all teachers, who do not possess the minimum qualifications as per the RTE Act, are to acquire such minimum qualifications within a period of five years from the commencement of the Act.”
He further pointed out that in Meghalaya as per report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, 77 percent of Primary Teachers and 85 percent of upper primary teachers were untrained as on March 2016. As per finding of Audit report there was no improvement in the position of untrained teachers both in the primary as well as upper primary schools, Rymbai added. “At present in our State of Meghalaya 26941 number of in-service untrained teachers teaching at elementary level registered with NIOS to acquire D. El. Ed Course for a period of 2017-19,” he said.