Monday, May 6, 2013

Maharashtra: No census duty for schoolteachers


Maharashtra: No census duty for schoolteachers



MUMBAI: More than 5 lakh primary school teachers in the state could heave a sigh of relief.

The state government has issued orders that they will no longer be deputed for non-academic work.

According to a government resolution (GR) issued by the school education and sports department on May 3, the order will come into force from June 1. However, the teachers will continue to be assigned election duty. The GR makes an exception regarding election-related work. The government had earlier been rapped by courts for assigning census duty to teachers. Teachers' representatives also raised their voice against deputation for temporary assignments in urban and rural local bodies. "The deputation of teachers for such assignments impacts the quality of education imparted to students," the GR reads. It further said maintaining a healthy student-teacher ratio was a mandatory requirement under Section 25 of the Right to Education Act. It states that action would be initiated against the principal and concerned education officers if the orders are not complied with.

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