The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

published - extracts on Nagas from 'Assam Administration Report'

caption: Naga Hills district
caption: Relations with Tributary States and Frontier Affairs
caption: Education
medium: reports
person: Witter/ Mr
location: Kohima Barpathar
date: 1886
date: 1887
text: 37. At the close of 1885-86 there were 3 schools in existence, viz. the Kohima Mission School, the Kohima English School, and the Barpathar Primary School. During the past year the Kohima Mission School was closed and the Kohima English School was converted into a high school. A new mission school was started at Wokha, but was closed before the end of the year, owing to the ill-health of its promoter, Mr. Witter, of the American Mission. The numbers of boys on the rolls of the high school was 40 at the close of the year and the average daily attendance during the year was 29.72. Only 7 pupils are Nagas and the Deputy-Commissioner estimates the number of Nagas in these hills who can read and write to be under 20. There are 18 boys on the rolls of the Borpathar school which is chiefly attended by Aitonias, or Shans, residing in that mauza. When the Deputy-Commissioner visited Borpathar in March, he found Bengali being taught as the vernacular language in this school, where simple instruction in English is also given. The expenditure on the Kohima High School during the year was Rs.1,361-2-1; on the Borpathar pathsala Rs.96; and on the Kohima Mission School, until it was closed, Rs.362-12: total Rs.1,819-14-1, against Rs.874 last year.