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Barring election work,teachers exempted from all duties outside school

Barring election work,teachers exempted from all duties outside school

Written by Express News Service | May 06, 2013 02:44
In what came as a relief for lakhs of schoolteachers in Maharashtra,the Department of School Education and Sports has issued an order that exempts teachers from rendering services outside schools,such as to district administrations and local self-governing bodies among other institutions,barring during the period of general elections.
During elections,too,their duties will be now limited to activities like training programme,polling work and counting of votes,says the latest government resolution (GR),citing the provisions of The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act,2009,which asks for requisite ratio between teachers and students in classrooms.
“It has been found that many private teachers have been deputed or temporarily transferred to district collectors’ offices,zilla parishads,panchayat samitis,tehsil offices or municipal corporations among other offices. Due to this,there is inadequate number of teachers in schools,which is resulting in educational loss for schoolchildren,” reads the GR,mentioning that the government is committed towards taking steps for effective implementation of the RTE Act.
The GR has also asked all top educational authorities to comply with its order with effect from June,failing which they would be liable to administrative action.
The issue of teachers being burdened with non-teaching duties outside schools by the government was discussed before the state Legislature recently,prompting the government to take necessary steps.
More than 5 lakh teachers are expected to benefit from the latest government decision,which is expected to take the responsibilities of upgrading voters’ lists and census work,besides other tasks,off teachers’ shoulders.
“It is a good move by the state government,which would ensure teachers are engaged in academic work only. We hope the authorities concerned abide by all provisions of latest GR and pave the way for students’ welfare,including proper implementation of the RTE Act,” said Anil Bornare,leader of the Maharashtra Shikshak Parishad (teachers’ council).
Local MNS leader Ajay Shinde,under whose leadership an agitation was launched for the exemption of teachers from poll duties,said the government should also ensure teachers were barred from work during general elections.

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