State level Teacher’s Day function was held at Government Higher Secondary School (GHSS) Kohima Multipurpose Hall on 5th September 2011 with Minister for School Education & SCERT Nagaland, Nyeiwang Konyak as the chief guest.
Addressing the gathering, the Minister said education is the continuous pursuit of excellence where individual and organisation, civilisation and nations are known to have continuously striving towards path of excellence and added that the concept of excellence is not unique to any individual. He described teachers as the maker of history, a nation builder, his profession as noble, the light bears to the students since ages and added that a true teacher imparts not just knowledge but also the wisdom to become good and responsible citizens. He called upon the teachers to realise that the teaching profession is not just an employment avenue but to realise that they have a great responsibility in moulding and guiding the young children to the best possible direction of their adult life as enlightened members of the society, responsible citizens of the country and fraternal members of the world community.
The chief guest also encouraged the teachers to equip themselves with the art of modernization with the rapid expansion of knowledge and technological advancement to use it for effective dissemination of knowledge. He said the State government’s approval of revamping and restructuring of the School Education department has been done as an incentive to promote quality and value education and to strengthen the implementation and monitoring of various programmes under the department.
He said in our country, we are witnessing a revolutionary change in the field of education in the form of SSA, RMSA and the Right to Education Act. Our country’s leaders with a vision to eradicate ignorance, poverty and various social ills have introduced the above to turn our nation into a progressive country with enlightened citizens. This envisages the involvement of all community members, administrators, teachers, etc. To make this vision come true, a lot of efforts, determination and sacrifices have to be made by one and all, he added.
Earlier the chief guest awarded two teachers Thungchio Shitiri GHSS Dimapur and T. Shahlem GHS Wakching with National Award. They will receive a cheque of Rs. 25,000/- and a certificate. 50 teachers were awarded with State Award which include Rs. 15,000/- and a Certificate. The chief guest also declared September 6, 2011 as a holiday for all the Schools in Nagaland.
Commissioner & Secretary School Education, Imkonglemba in his welcome speech congratulated all the new promotee teachers and called upon them to be more sincere in their job. He added that the increase of literacy rate of the State above the national level is the result of hard efforts of the teachers and called upon them to rededicate themselves and mould the children to become a responsible citizen.
The programme was chaired by Commissioner & Secretary, School Education & SCERT, T. Imkonglemba, IAS. Invocation prayer by General Secretary NBCC, Rev. Dr. Anjo, welcome song by T.M. GHS, Kohima. A short play Honouring the Teacher by Mezhur Higher Secondary School, Khoima, greeting song by students of Little Flower Higher Secondary School Kohima. A solo by Northfield School, duet by Don Bosco Higher Secondary School Kohima, Choreography by GHSS Kohima, a short play by Christ King HSS Kohima, folk song by GHSS Seikhazou, quartet by Model HSS and special item by the teachers of Baptist High Kohima. The vote of thanks was delivered by Director of School Education, N. Khevito Sema.