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Proposed new edu policy has a good news for teachers

Friday - November 15, 2019 2:29 pm , Category : WTN SPECIAL

WTN- The ministry of human resource development, in the final draft of the proposed new education policy, has suggested that teachers should not be made a part of any non-educational work and they should be accountable only for the education of children and education-related work in schools. Teachers are often engaged in administrative and other works like mid-day meal management or other such ancillary activities related to management, administration or accounting, which are not directly related to education, and due to these engagements, actual teaching work suffers.

It is not yet clear when the new education policy will finally see the light of day and if all the recommendations and suggestions would be incorporated, but it is hoped that this long-standing demand of teachers to relieve them of works other than teaching will be addressed. It often happens that for any government duty like elections and such other events, government school teachers are requisitioned, regardless of how education is affected due to this. Teachers are the easiest preys and as such they are moved around at will, disturbing their schedule and rhythm.

Teaching is a job that needs preparation, concentration and mental peace. If teachers are marshalled for every odd errand then they are bound to falter in their teaching duty. Even grunt works like cleaning of school campus, cooking of meals etc. are assigned to teachers. Teachers have long raised this issue but to no avail as this has been the norm from time immemorial, which has got an official sanction though this is grossly violative of the sanctity of the education/teaching process.

Teachers in themselves are a thoroughly occupied lot who have multiple roles and responsibilities even from a strictly educational point of view. If any additional responsibility is imposed on them, it becomes excessively taxing for them. It is good that the ministry has thought of this issue and recommended absolving teachers of administrative duties. We badly need good teachers in the system and unless the professional ambience and work culture is made conducive, we won’t get suitable talents and the government school education setup will turn a white elephant.

Teachers deserve the mental space and respect as other officials and government staffers of their rank do. In any case, the privileges of teachers are limited in our society and if their professional boundaries are not respected, it means the profession itself is disrespected. Our policies need to guard from this pitfall and the importance of teachers need to be reinstated in society through more respectable treatment to them.- Window To News