“Teachers and administrators need to be empowered so that they can come up with practical solutions to the problems plaguing the education system”, said Conrad, while elaborating on problems faced by most educational institutes in the region in terms of financial constraints and curriculum which is exhaustive and leaves less space for a child to master the basic concepts.
He said that it was imperative for schools to be innovative and ensure that the audio video lessons are made compulsory, so that a child actually gets to see and learn. “The role of a teacher is crucial to the overall development of a child”, he added.
Highlighting the importance of digital space, which provides ample opportunities for learning, Conrad Sangma said that the pros and cons of the internet should be properly understood. “Teachers should make the best use of the current technology and enable the students to learn faster and better”, he said.
He urged principals, teachers and education administrators to work together and device strategies to make learning more interesting and creative. “Technology has enabled us to access a wide variety of information and pedagogical tools. This has to be used to its optimum for lesson planning and concept familiarisation in schools”, he emphasised.
Lamenting on poor education scenario of most regions in North East particularly in rural and hilly areas, where access to education and facilities are minimal, Conrad Sangma said, “Government must work with like minded organisations, stakeholders and ensure that the best of education facilities are provided for the holistic development of our children. The thrust should also be on enabling our teachers with the best of training and regular orientation programmes”.
The conference attended by school principals, teachers and administration from different parts of North East and