Of 5,880 Primary School Teachers, Only 55 Get Salaries According To Government Norms
Ahmedabad: Of the 711 privately run primary schools in the city, only one had teachers qualified to teach in these formative years, showed a survey! They say its all in the packaging. For if you have been paying hefty fees for your children’s “English” medium education to the swankiest of schools — those that flaunt flashy computer rooms, glossy portfolios with faces of happy children. Here is a sordid truth. Almost 60 per cent of the 5,880 teachers employed in 711 city primary schools are not qualified to teach your children.
Notwithstanding the number of English medium schools in the city that charge a fortune to teach your children, only Asia English school at Drive-in had employed qualified teachers. This means the teachers should have basic BEd or PTC degrees, as per the state education department. But instead 3,294 teachers were either HSC, SSC or diploma holders in every other subject other than teaching. In fact, there are 18 schools in the city where all the 123 teachers employed are HSC and SSC degree holders and teach 4,556 children. It is fate that would decide the future of these children.The survey was part of an elaborate exercise that the Ahmedabad district primary education office undertook only when a concerned teacher, Vinod Pandya, sought a reply under the Right to Information (RTI) Act from the education department. Only 2,577 teachers happened to be qualified teachers, who had bachelors and a BEd or MEd degrees.
“This clearly shows that the state of education is being reduced to a cheap business in our city. Before I did the RTI, the education department did not bother to conduct routine inspections despite a directive in the Bombay Primary Education Rules, 1949. We are talking about primary education here — standards where foundation of higher learning is being laid. If unqualified HSC and SSC pass teachers teach our children, one can imagine the future of these children,” says Pandya.
The survey reveals as to why we do not get quality teachers. Of the 5,880 primary school teachers, only 55 get salaries according to government norms, 31 have bank accounts and 175 teachers have Provident Fund accounts. “This shows that teachers are exploited today. Schools pay menial sums to them. They might sign on fat pay slips on records, but schools would not declare the bank accounts of these teachers to government as it would spill the beans on them.
Reference,Times of India,June 23rd 2009
Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee