Meghalaya Retired Deficit School Teachers’ Association (MRDSTA) president ED Nongsiang has appreciated the government’s decision on introducing NCERT books in schools even as he urged it to go slow on the issue.
“We should not rush into introducing NCERT books. But these books are better compared to the board’s (MBOSE),” Nongsiang said.
He said that in earlier years the Meghalaya Board of School Education (MBOSE) invited the teachers to consult on the textbooks that it introduced and offered their suggestions.
Meanwhile MRDSTA vice president RS Marbaniang said that the government should look out for experts who will work in favour of the interest of the state when they prescribe textbooks.
He recalled that in earlier years during one such meeting, he had urged the government not go for the interest of the publishers but for the students.
The vice-president said that at that meeting when he made this remark an officer present left the room in a huff.
He also said that the present government is doing its best, but since the past governments sat over most of the matters now it has accumulated, including the plight of the teachers.
“The government should address all the issues related to the students as well as the teachers,” Marbaniang said.
He said that what Meghalaya now needs is high quality education.