Teachers relieved of election, census duties

Teachers relieved of election, census duties

JAMMU: The government on Friday announced that teachers will no longer have to perform non-teaching jobs like elections and census or other “off-beat responsibilities” within the education department.
The announcement, which will come as a breather for more than one lakh teachers, was made by education minister Altaf Bukhari who said the move will minimise the interruption of academic activities.
“We want to provide teachers congenial atmosphere and minimise disruption of academic activities. After brainstorming and thorough deliberations it has been felt that the teachers should be allowed to concentrate on primary goal of imparting education and for that they should be relieved of all other duties,” Bukbhari told a press conference.
Bukhari said post this move teachers will have enough time to compensate the loss of studies due to “certain situations”, like last year’s uprising.
He said the objective of these “reforms” is to reinforce a sense of accountability and ownership of the schools among the teaching fraternity.
“To begin with, about 80% teachers deployed for election duties have been exempted for the by polls being held in Kashmir,” he said.
Bukhari said the decision would be conveyed to the Divisional Commissioner of Jammu as well to end the practice here also.

Unburdening teachers
Govt examining a proposal to create a separate works division, which will relieve teachers from construction works under various schemes
Possibility of executing mid-day meal scheme through NGOs being explored
Teachers will not have to deal with accounts. Schools will be provided with an alternative to deal with the task
Focused attention on orientation training for teachers
Remedial teaching for the elementary students who may get detained after government scrapped No-Detention Policy for class 5-8
Officials instructed to complete sanitation, toilet, drinking water and power facilities in schools
Only 500 of 41000 Rehbar-e-Taleem teachers who have acquired degrees from ‘study centres’ will have to write a ‘Screening Test’ based on syllabus of class 8. A candidate will be given a second opportunity if he fails in the first
Assessment of the quality of degrees acquired through distance mode for promotions in education department kept in abeyance.
Salaries of SSA teachers pending since September 2016 to be released
Confirmation and pay anomaly of masters and regularization of in-charge officers of education department will be redressed on priority.
Government working on the modalities to resolve the demand of ReTs’ transfers and other issues.
Portion of funds out of the Savings from Capital Budget to be utilised for providing toilet facilities preferably in girls’ schools

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