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Teachers in favour of RTE Act,but rue lack of infrastructure

Teachers in favour of RTE Act,but rue lack of infrastructure

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | July 10, 2013 04:06

Summary

Though city-based government school teachers are in favour of implementing the Right to Education Act,well aware of the clause
Though city-based government school teachers are in favour of implementing the Right to Education Act,well aware of the clause,wherein they have to stay in schools an hour-and-a-half more,they rued that schools did not have adequate infrastructure to spend the extra time on campuses.
As per the RTE Act,a teacher needs to spend 45 hours a week,rather than 35 hours. Now,classes of day shifts begin at 8 am and end at 2 pm,while evening shifts go on till 5.30 pm. After the implementation of the new timings,teachers of day shifts will have to stay till at 3.30 pm and those working in the evening shift will have to work till 6.30 pm.
School teachers said that it would be difficult for women staff to spend the extra time at schools. The UT Education department,in its circular issued to the principals,have told them how they could utilise the extra time in schools.
As per the circular,teachers have been advised to prepare for the next lecture,check notebooks of students,hold staff meetings,feed data on computers and also make progress reports. The authorities have asked the school heads to file a report by July 20.
However,school principals said that all the points stated by the education department authorities were already in place in schools. Moreover,schools do not have sufficient computers for all the teachers to add data related to students on their personal computers.
“What is the fun if teachers spend those one-and-a-half hour sitting in the staff rooms. Classrooms are there,but sweepers take around half-an-hour to clean them after the students leave,” said a principal,requesting anonymity.
Government Teachers’ Union (GTU) chief Dr Vinod Sharma said,“We are in favour of implementing the RTE Act,but teachers have certain problems. It will be difficult for female staff to stay in schools till 6.30 pm. We are looking for ways to implement it. However,even in Delhi this clause hasn’t been implemented”.
A senior officials,on condition of anonymity,said,“We are taking into consideration the grievances of the teachers,but we have to implement the RTE Act,as it is the mandate of the legislature”.

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