Over 300 pvt schools observe ‘black day’

Nagaland Post
News Dated: 
13-Oct-2017

Over 300 private schools in Nagaland, under the banner of All Nagaland Private Schools’ Association, (ANPSA) Central, joined the rest of the country in observing the ‘Black Day’ on Thursday.

The protest was spearheaded by the National Independent Schools’ Alliance (NISA), against increasing government’s intervention in day to day school management. NISA’s president Kulbhushan Sharma had said-- “There is a conspiracy going on against private unaided schools. Rules are being framed to discriminate various types of schools on the basis of affiliation, status and infrastructure.”

According to ANPSA Central member and chairman of Livingstone Foundation Higher Secondary School, Andrew Ahoto said almost all the private schools in Nagaland observed the ‘black day’ by wearing black ribbons, hanging black flags at school gates and school buses.

In a press note, ANPSA president Bithungo Kikon and general secretary Nini Sekhose informed that the association had sent a representation to the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.

ANPSA stated that private schools being the back bone of the nation, their survival were being endangered through various conflicting policies detrimental to their well being.

“The autonomy of private schools is constantly under threat. One of the main problems with lack of autonomy is lack of motivation, restricted scope for innovation and limited scope for Teachers and Principals to perform at optimum levels. Autonomy of private unaided schools should be protected and enhanced,” it added.

The association maintained that despite 75% of students were in private schools, the schools do not have a role to play in formulating Education Policies.

It is the government who gets to play the role of regulator, financer and provider of education all at the same time, ANPSA added.

Since there are challenges to this system, ANPSA opined that private schools should be included in Education Policy formation in the States.