Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | July 06, 2013 01:31
In a meeting organised by the government schools heads on Friday,the majority of them said that UT Education Department can implement new timings for teachers,as per the RTE Act,in the schools after the Teachers Day,due in the month of September.
However,the UT Education Department in its circular issued to the principals have told them about how they can utilize one and half hour in the schools. As per their circulars,the teachers have been advised to prepare the next days lectures for the students,to check the copies and notebooks of the students,hold staff meetings,feed data on the computers and make progress reports.
The department has asked the school heads to submit their replies to the said letter by July 20 and has also asked them to submit their requirement for funds to implement any of the suggestions.
The RTE Act says that the working hours of government teachers should be 45 hours per week instead of 36 hours. Once the new timings are implemented,teachers will have to leave the schools at 3.30 pm instead 2.00 pm.
Talking to Newsline,one of the school principals,Dr Vinod Sharma said,We have to implement the new timings as it is the mandate of the Act and the authorities want to implement the Act. We hold a meeting of the principals and most of them feel that UT Education Department can implement the new timings after the Teachers Day.
Earlier,the Education Department,before the summer vacations,had ordered the schools to adhere to the new timings,but the decisions of the authorities had witnessed huge opposition and authorities were forced to take their decision back.
One of the principals,requesting anonymity,said that earlier the authorities had in a very dictatorial way had enforced the new timings,but now they have issued circular and asked for responses. It is a good way to implement new things.