Government schools not for teachers’ wards

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The New Indian Express

By Sangamesh M

11th June 2011 02:00 AM

BELGAUM: Shocking as it may sound, 95 per cent of government primary and high school teachers are seeking admissions for their wards in private schools, raising questions about their honesty towards their service.

The findings are a part of a random survey conducted by Express, which found that most government teachers admitted that quality of education in government schools is poor.

Jagannath, a government primary school teacher, says, "In private schools, teachers are meant only to teach, whereas a teacher in a government school should handle the responsibilities of a cook, enumerator, election officer, campaigner of government projects, peon and many more." However, it must be noted that except for children enumeration, all the other duties are also alloted to teachers of private schools.

Retired DDPI B R Gangappanavar said,"There is a need for teachers to remain in schools at least during duty hours. When they’re not in school for most of the time how can we expect the quality? Officers and supporting staff of the department should support teachers by fulfilling their needs", Gangappanavar said .

Karnataka State High School Assistant Teachers’ Association’s Vice President, Ramu Gugwad agrees that 95 per cent of teachers are admitting their children to private schools in Belgaum district.

"Today’s generation of teachers are completely against educating their kids in their mother tongue and they don’t have respect towards their duties", he said. He also said that nonteaching work like elections, census are not disturbing them and these duties are mandatory for private teachers also. Another teacher Prakash Goudar remarked that there is an option for the private schools to choose their students which is not the case in government schools.

"Knowing the truth that students are below average and learning process is slow how can we admit our children in government schools?" he said. Gangappanavar asserts that government schools are still suffering from lack of infrastructure.

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