Friday, February 14, 2014

Teachers under pressure from schools and parents

Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 12:06 IST | Place: Rabale | Agency: DNA
Dilip Sankhe, an award-winning teacher, committed suicide on Tuesday at his Airoli residence. In the suicide note that he left behind, he stated that he was in acute depression, which forced him to take the drastic step. He had not slept for the last fifteen days. He reportedly went into depression after he was suspended in August this year, for his alleged inappropriate conduct with three of his female students.
Sankhe ended his life as he was unable to bear the depression. But many teachers have to execute their daily services under tremendous pressure. According to a teacher association, the recent RTE Act has increased the problems of teachers, as it prohibits them from punishing students or even keeping them under observation. “Teachers carry on their daily duties with several pressures, such as those from parents, school management, and government guidelines,” said Ashok Belsare, President, Shikshak Bharti, a teacher welfare association. Belsare said that school teachers find themselves in a dilemma.  
“The RTE Act states that there should not be more than 30 students in primary section classes. But, there is hardly any vernacular school across the state, where the number of students is less than 60. And, the teachers have to control all the sixty students with a condition that he cannot punish anyone of them,” said Belsare.
“Now, a primary school student challenges his teacher that he cannot touch him, as the law deters him from doing so,” said Uday Nare, a senior member of Congress Shikshak Cell.
A woman teacher working with a reputed public school in Nerul says that parents warn them against punishing their children. “There are many parents who say that when they themselves do not punish their children, how a teacher can,” said the teacher requesting anonymity.
Belsare added that there are teachers who get paid a  meagre Rs5,000 per month in private schools, while students come to school with full pockets. Nare advocates, “The education scenario is different in different parts of the country. So, a single law for all the country cannot be a solution.” He added that abolishing examination at primary level will not be good for students in future.

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