17th Mar 2017 10:03:PM Editorials
Eastern Sentinel Arunachal News

The state government’s decision to bring in a ‘one time’ 50: 50 relaxation in Recruitment Rules to fill about 349 Science and Mathematics teachers posts in 2017, despite generating much apprehension among the local populace is a much needed and warranted move to resuscitate a education which is witnessing huge dip in not just overall quality but also poor understanding of vital subjects—Science and Mathematics.

It is a fact that Arunachalees generally lack scientific temper and also suffer from acute Mathematics phobia. These two subjects are based on logic, reasoning, and formulae and therefore a teacher teaching them requires thorough understanding and a strong foundation himself.

The recent teacher’s interview is testimony to the situation of non-availability of eligible local candidates in the state for these subjects. It comes as no surprise, that for Science and Mathematics, the state Education Department failed to call the required number of candidates for Viva Voce in 1:3, as they failed to qualify the written examination.

A Centre-appointed team observed in a latest review of the Rashtriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhiyan (RMSA), that Secondary school students are losing interest in science and mathematics due to “uninteresting” methods of teaching. The panel also found that due to this the students are switching over to humanities and commerce at the senior secondary level.

In its report to the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry, the panel has also highlighted the acute shortage of quality teachers in these two subjects, suggesting for setting up of a task force for drawing a road map for action to deal with the situation.

Given the situation, the Arunachal government and the department of education must be appreciated for taking the timely decision. Across the state lack of teachers especially in these two subjects has made education incomplete and meaningless. Unless the 80:20 Rule is relaxed for one time to 50:50, schools will continue to suffer shortage of Science and Math teachers.

Teaching and learning of science subjects in schools cannot be overlooked. They lead to the creation of an atmosphere for scientific research and atmosphere which will help the nation reach newer heights on the road to development.

Kenter Joya Riba

(Managing Editor)
      She is a graduate in Science with post graduation in Sociology from University of Pune. She has been in the media industry for nearly a decade. Before turning to print business, she has been associated with radio and television.
Email: kenterjoyaz@easternsentinel.in / editoreasternsentinel@gmail.com
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