Militant activities hinder schooling in the Northeast

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Guwahati / Kohima, Mar 26(ANI): Education is a must for any society to develop. But, in Northeast India where militant's activities are a hindrance, some schools are taking up new initiatives that are practical and less theoretical.

The success of an education system in any state depends on several factors.

The first requirement is peace of mind for students to allow them to focus on their studies.

Militant activities and disturbances prevent students from going to schools.

"Anywhere, to impart education, peace is required. If our surroundings are disturbed, the students community, who are our future generation, will be affected," said P. Sharma, a teacher in Nagaland.

Students in Nagaland are looking for such a change that encourages teaching and focuses on the practical aspects as well.

Extra-curricular activities such as science fairs, general knowledge, sports, music and vocational courses will help them hone their talents.

"The NBSE has recently introduced many methods of teaching like the comprehensive education system. This activity-based education is more child friendly and joyful because they involve themselves practically," said Joyson Shimray, a principal in Nagaland.

"It'll be nice for students to learn more activities, because there is a lack of activities in schools compared to other schools, which will make students more efficient to study," said Lovitoli Chishi, a student.

Guwahati's 'Assam Jatiya Vidyalay', which opens under Assam's Board of Secondary Education (SEBA), has allowed students to avoid use of textbooks unless absolutely necessary.

Students are happy to get rid of their heavy school bags and are now more attentive during lectures.

"Now that we are not carrying books to schools, we are more involved with the practical aspects of study. We are able to concentrate more now on studies," said Nayan Sharma, a student

A notable change seen is the increase in percentage of those passing the annual examination.

In 2008, three percent failed only while in 2009 2.2 percent failed.

The present trend of Northeast students flocking to other parts of India to pursue their studies will change if peace and normalcy return to the region. (ANI)

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