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Nagaland CM tells Assembly ‘no shortage of teacher’

Replying to a question of Nagaland Peoples Front MLA Yitachu, Rio said Nagaland has a student-teacher ratio of 10 students to one teacher, whereas the national average is one teacher to 30 students.

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Kohima: Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has informed the Nagaland Legislative Assembly that there are no shortages of teachers in the state, rather an excess of about 10,000 teachers as indicated by the current teacher-student ratio of 1:10 as against the national average of 1:30, however, there is lack of availability of teachers for certain subjects.

Replying to a question of Nagaland Peoples Front MLA Yitachu, Rio said Nagaland has a student-teacher ratio of 10 students to one teacher, whereas the national average is one teacher to 30 students. Therefore, the state ratio is very good, but subject teachers are not available, particularly in Mathematics and Science subjects.

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He informed that there are, in fact, about 10,000 excess teachers in the state. Rio said that there are some schools with no enrollment, but teachers are deployed and in some schools there are more teachers than students.

Rio noted that the State Cabinet had banned appointments during COVID-19 pandemic but, since the pandemic has eased, the ban was lifted.

He also said that the Government has appealed to the Gauhati High Court of Kohima Bench to remove restrictions on fresh appointments in various Government Departments.

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