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Press Note
Posted on 26-Oct-2016

Sikkim HRDD Meeting in Central Advisory Board of Education with Union MHRD Minister

 

The 64th meeting of the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) was held in New Delhi on  October 25, 2016 Vigyan Bhawan which was chaired by the Union Minister for Ministry of Human Resource Sri Prakah Javedkar.

Sri RB Subba, Minister HRDD, Sikkim and Sri GP Upadhyaya, IAS, Principal Secretary, HRDD Sikkim attended the meeting.

Following submissions were made by the State of Sikkim during the meeting:

 

I. Submission regarding No Detention Policy:

Our submission regarding No Detention Policy of RTE-2009 is to do away

with  it from   class  VI onwards and to  retain it  only   up to  Class  V. The

rationale for such submission is as below –

Various   achievement   surveys   done   in   State   (SLAS)   and   National   level

(NAS) have shown that the learning achievement levels of Sikkim students

is fairly well till class V. The level of achievement is more than or at least at

par with national average in all subjects – English, Mathematics and EVS. It

actually has shown improvement over the years as desired.

  However, similar surveys done for  class VI  to VIII have shown  not so

satisfactory achievement levels. Performance level of Sikkim students are

just at par limits or marginally above national level in subjects like English,

Science and social Science, however in Mathematics it’s much below the

National Level. Moreover, the national average level itself is observed to be

in lower side than desired.

During consultation and discussion in the state, we are given to understand

that the psychology of “Not being detained” in same class has produced

undesired effects in the minds of students as they grow and has also effected

the   participation   of   parents   in   the   education   process   of   their   children.

However, such effect is not significant in the minds of younger kids below

class V. 

II- Issues regarding backlog of untrained teachers –

1. As some other states, specially from North East, Sikkim also suffers from

the shortage of adequately trained and qualified man power for teaching

jobs. But still, since many years the recruitment of teachers is done as per

NCTE norms. But, in the past,  the state had to employ some teachers

without professional degrees. These teachers, who are already in regular

jobs, had been instructed to obtain B.Ed. degree through distance mode

from institutions like IGNOU etc. However, the new regulations of NCTE

notified   in   December,   2014   has   changed   the   eligibility   criteria   of

admission  in such   ODL courses.  The  candidates  seeking admission

I. Submission regarding No Detention Policy:

Our submission regarding No Detention Policy of RTE-2009 is to do away

with  it from   class  VI onwards and to  retain it  only   up to  Class  V. The

rationale for such submission is as below –

Various   achievement   surveys   done   in   State   (SLAS)   and   National   level

(NAS) have shown that the learning achievement levels of Sikkim students

is fairly well till class V. The level of achievement is more than or at least at

par with national average in all subjects – English, Mathematics and EVS. It

actually has shown improvement over the years as desired.

  However, similar surveys done for  class VI  to VIII have shown  not so

satisfactory achievement levels. Performance level of Sikkim students are

just at par limits or marginally above national level in subjects like English,

Science and social Science, however in Mathematics it’s much below the

National Level. Moreover, the national average level itself is observed to be

in lower side than desired.

During consultation and discussion in the state, we are given to understand

that the psychology of “Not being detained” in same class has produced

undesired effects in the minds of students as they grow and has also effected

the   participation   of   parents   in   the   education   process   of   their   children.

However, such effect is not significant in the minds of younger kids below

class V. 

II- Issues regarding backlog of untrained teachers –

1. As some other states, specially from North East, Sikkim also suffers from

the shortage of adequately trained and qualified man power for teaching

jobs. But still, since many years the recruitment of teachers is done as per

NCTE norms. But, in the past,  the state had to employ some teachers

without professional degrees. These teachers, who are already in regular

jobs, had been instructed to obtain B.Ed. degree through distance mode

from institutions like IGNOU etc. However, the new regulations of NCTE

notified   in   December,   2014   has   changed   the   eligibility   criteria   of

I.             Submission regarding No Detention Policy:

The No Detention Policy of RTE-2009 is to be done away with it from class VI onwards and to retain it only up to Class V. The rationale for such submission is as below –

Various achievement surveys done in State (SLAS) and National level (NAS) have shown that the learning achievement levels of Sikkim students is fairly well till class V. The level of achievement is more than or at least at par with national average in all subjects – English, Mathematics and EVS. It actually has shown improvement over the years as desired.

 However, similar surveys done for class VI to VIII have shown not so satisfactory achievement levels. Performance level of Sikkim students are just at par limits or marginally above national level in subjects like English, Science and social Science. However in Mathematics, it’s much below the National Level. Moreover, the national average level itself is observed to be in lower side than desired.

During consultation and discussion in the state, it is understood that the psychology of “Not being detained” in same class has produced undesired impact on the minds of students as they grow and has also affected the participation of parents in the education process of their children. However, such impact is not that significant in the minds of younger kids below class V.

 

II-         Issues regarding backlog of untrained teachers –

1.      As some other states, especially from North East, Sikkim also suffers from the shortage of adequately trained and qualified man power for teaching job.  Although since many years, the recruitment of teachers is done as per NCTE norms, yet in the past, the state had to employ some teachers without professional degrees. These teachers, who are already in regular jobs, had been instructed to obtain B.Ed. degree through distance mode from institutions like IGNOU etc. However, the new regulations of NCTE notified in December, 2014 has changed the eligibility criteria of admission in such ODL courses. The candidates seeking admission in B.Ed. course need to have D.El.Ed. qualification by face-to-face mode. Such eligibility criteria has created huge constraint for those untrained teachers who are already in regular job and are teaching in secondary level. For them obtaining D.El.Ed. degree (meant for teachers of primary level)  just for the sake of getting admitted in  B.Ed. course (needed of secondary level teachers) is far from convincing. As such, the eligibility criteria for admission in B.Ed. courses may please be reviewed by NCTE.

 

2.      In the same new regulations of NCTE notified in December, 2014 NCTE has introduced “Three years part time B.Ed. course” to be conducted by existing colleges of Teacher Education. The course is meant for regular teachers already serving in schools. However, the eligibility criteria for the institutions to introduce the said course require to have conducted M.Ed. courses for certain number of years. Very few institutions in states like Sikkim and other NE states do offer both B.Ed. and M.Ed. courses. Because of these criteria, most of the institutes in Sikkim who are willing to introduce the “Part time B.Ed. course” are not being able to do so. Moreover, the criteria of having conducted “M.Ed. course” for offering “Part time B.Ed. course” are found to be unreasonable and unnecessary.

As such, NCTE may be requested to make necessary review of the said criteria.

 

3.      Further, there is stipulation of 50% minimum marks in the qualifying exam (45% for SC/ST and OBC) for getting admission in B.Ed. courses. Many states including Sikkim have teachers already in the regular employment of the State Government who do not fulfill these criteria of minimum qualifying marks. While this condition may be kept intact for all new appointments, it is requested that this may be lowered by 5% for both categories of teachers who are already in regular service.

 

4.      For those un-trained teachers who are going to retire by 2020, the mandatory condition of possessing B.Ed. qualification may be relaxed. Instead, taking due consideration of their long experience in teaching, states may be allowed to conduct a special short term training course of 4 to 6 months duration for such group of teachers.  Such course may be designed by NCERT.

 

In the meeting, the following proposals were also put up for approval:

1.      All 4 districts of Sikkim fall under the categories Educationally Backward Districts (EBDs).  As per the norms of RUSA, every EBD is entitled to a Govt. College and accompanying financial grant to the tune of Rs. 12 crores.  We have repeatedly made this demand for approval of 4 Colleges for Sikkim.  It is again requested that this long pending demand of the State may be considered.

2.      The State of Sikkim has now provided adequate land of good quality to both Sikkim University as well as National Institute of Technology (NIT).  Further, the State of Sikkim enjoys an unprecedented peace coupled with good and stable governance which has helped the State emerged as an educational hub.  It is now requested that a Institute of National Repute such as an IIT/IIM is also considered to be established within the State of Sikkim.  This will not only cater to the State of Sikkim but also from North Bengal as well as neighbouring countries like Nepal and Bhutan.

3.      Sikkim has been having a Govt. Law College with a very good infrastructure located in Gangtok for past many many years.  Help of MHRD is now solicited to upgrade this Law College into a National Law University.

Achievements of the HRDD, Sikkim were also highlighted during the visit which is enumerated below:

 

1.      Introduction of LKG and UKG in all Govt. Schools of Sikkim to arrest consistent declining trend in the enrollment at the primary level and to provide a good grounding to young children.  This step was taken in view of diversion of large number of pre-primary school children to private schools by their parents who are not happy with the quality of Aanganwadi Centres and Govt. Schools were not prepared to take them.  Many of the private schools have been found to be having sub-standard quality as well as charging high fees.

2.      Introduction of Yoga at the primary level in all Govt. Schools of Sikkim.  The State Government took a decision to introduce yoga in primary Schools to provide holistic development of young children after imparting a 15 days training to 525 teachers of State at Patanjali Yogpeeth, Haridwar,  in the month of January, 2016

3.      The State Government has also introduced smart classes in 64 Elementary Schools to provide them with the latest technology with much enhanced level of teaching and learning.  This experiment has been hugely successful and we plan to extend this coverage to as many schools as possible.

4.      We have also set up reading corners in all primary sections of our Schools to encourage our children to inculcate reading habits right from very young age.  This experiment has been extremely successful in engaging the children in useful reading and inculcates a habit of reading among them.

5.      We have provided separate boys and girls toilets in all our Schools with a unit dedicated for differently abled children and a changing room with sanitary napkin vending machine & an incinerator for girl’s toilets.

6.      We have also prepared a chapter on organic farming to be introduced by NCERT in its textbooks, Sikkim being a leader in organic farming in our country.

 

 

Press note issued by

Bhim Thatal, SCS

 Director/Primary Education and Nodal Officer for Publicity and Public Relations

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                         

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