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Principal Secretary, Nagaland school education and State Council of Educational Research and Training, Menukhol John on Wednesday asked the teachers of the state to raise the level of understanding of mathematical concepts among the students.

Noting that many students look upon mathematics subject as tough or hard subject, John urged the teachers to demystify this notion. He was speaking at the three-day orientation programme of secondary mathematics teachers which began at Imagine Nagaland Hall, Administrative Training Institute, Kohima, on Wednesday.

He requested the teachers present to do their best in creating interest in the students about the study of mathematics by using the inputs and experience gained from the orientation programme.

According to annual education status report 2017, only 30.4 per cent of the students in the age group of 14 to 18 years in Nagaland can do simple division as against national average of 43.1 per cent.

The report also said only 37.7 per cent of the students in the state can do calculation and evaluation compared to the national average of 50 per cent.

The orientation programme is being conducted by the Nagaland Board of School Education (NBSE) in collaboration with the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), New Delhi.

Two resource persons from NCERT, Professor DESM, Dr AK Wazalwar and associate professor DESM, Dr T P Sarma are attending the programme to connect and discuss with the mathematics teachers how to bring an improvement in mathematics learning in the classroom.

Wazalwar said improvement of mathematics study is one of the most widely talked topics not only in India but across the world. He said the NCERT is trying its best on how to improve in this area.

Emphasizing the importance of mathematics study, NBSE chairman Asano Sekhose called upon the teachers to give their best in ensuring that students get conceptual clarity and correct procedures of learning mathematics.

The NBSE in its endeavour to support and equip the students with the information at par with the rest of the country has introduced NCERT textbooks in class XI (biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics) and science and mathematics in class IX from this academic year. From next academic year, the NCERT textbooks of these subjects will be used in class X and XII too, Sekhose said.

Bhadra Gogoi

Bhadra Gogoi is Northeast Now Correspondent in Nagaland. He can be reached at: bhadragogoi@yahoo.com

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