ANPSA Mokokchung unit’s common program addresses challenges of NEP 2020, promotes educational revival

Mokokchung: Sekhose praises Indian education system for prioritizing hard work and perseverance

BY | Saturday, 5 August, 2023
Nini Sekhose, President of ANPSA Central

The All Nagaland Private Schools Association (ANPSA) Mokokchung Unit conducted a common program at the Town Hall, Mokokchung, under the theme “Connect To Revive” on 4 August 2023. Nini Sekhose, President of ANPSA Central, addressed the event as the theme speaker. The event saw enthusiastic participation from 25 private schools and 539 dedicated teachers along with students.

During her address, Nini Sekhose highlighted the challenges posed by certain aspects of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. While acknowledging the positive incorporation of western education ideas and vocationalization to enhance students’ employability, she expressed concerns about the non-detention policy under NEP, which proved ineffective in the past.

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Sekhose also shed light on the financial constraints faced by private schools in Nagaland, leading to difficulties in compensating teachers, who are the backbone of these institutions. She called for collective efforts to improve the situation and ensure quality education.

In her speech, Sekhose emphasized the importance of staying connected as a family within ANPSA to foster a thriving educational environment. She praised the achievements of government schools in recent HSSLC exams but urged private schools to work harder to provide top-quality education.

The event also discussed the implementation of NEP 2020, which is set to be fully executed by 2030. Sekhose emphasized the need to address challenges and prepare for potentially higher expenses in higher education.

During the program, Nini Sekhose, President of ANPSA Central, praised the Indian education system for prioritizing hard work and perseverance. She highlighted that Indian-educated individuals often lead many companies worldwide, bringing pride to the education system.

Sekhose, addressing Christian students, emphasized the belief in “God is Good, all the time” and encouraged them to dream big, considering themselves significant. She urged them to esteem others and transform society with their capacity to dream big, citing biblical references. Sekhose reminded everyone that their dreams should contribute to others’ success, cautioning against self-centeredness that may lead to losing what they have achieved

Thsuvisie Phoji, DC Mokokchung, highlighted the three types of schools in Nagaland: government schools, private schools run by churches, and private schools run by individuals and foundations. He emphasized that many prominent leaders, bureaucrats, technocrats, educationists, pastors, and missionaries began their journey in Christian missionary and church-run schools, which played a significant role in their success. Phoji acknowledged the influence of private schools in producing academic achievers and expressed gratitude to teachers for their tireless efforts. He emphasized the role of teachers as role models, encouraging them to provide not just textbook education but also spiritual guidance and a positive approach to mold future leaders. Phoji also urged the Ao community to be careful and decisive in their actions, as they are looked up to as pioneers in various fields, including religion.  He called upon the teachers to be positive role models for the future leaders of the district and the state.

The District Education Officer (DEO) of Mokokchung, Sentinenla, informed that more than fifty percent of the students in Mokokchung district attend private institutions. However, she pointed out that government schools had outperformed private institutions in the last HSSLC exam. Sentinenla urged private schools to work harder and go beyond bookish knowledge to impart life skills and focus on mental health, ensuring students become better citizens.

The event concluded with an announcement about an upcoming competition in Kohima, where district winners will represent their respective areas. The final session of the program involved students from different schools showcasing their talents and contributions.

The program shed light on the challenges and opportunities within the Nagaland education system and emphasized the need for collaborative efforts to ensure a brighter future for students in the region.

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