By Insha Latief
SRINAGAR: Teachers undergoing training and teaching practices courses under various schemes at District Institute of Education and Training (DIET) are facing tough time with the training sessions.
The teachers have to attend trainings even in complicated situations or in any health issues.
A teacher, Rabia Aslam who is 7-months pregnant has to attend training in cold weather. “How they can let pregnant women to travel to off route areas for trainings,” she said.
Rabia and her two colleagues were handpicked by the school headmaster from a group of six teachers to go for the mandatory trainings. “At least, when I am in such a health state, they could have exempted me,” she said.
Sameena Sajad, another teacher has to carry her baby along to the training center. She fears that her 9-month-old baby may catch cold. “There is no one who can take care of my baby at home. So I have to bring him here. The headmaster of the school and people who arrange these trainings must set some norms in our favour,” she said
Teachers also complained that while training periods, the students of their class in their absence get less attention due to which the studies of the students get hampered.
Rabia Altaf, a teacher said that the trainings last for three days and sometimes a week. “Whenever there are trainings, the students of my class don’t get much attention in my absence. Then again I have to attend the next training. My students’ studies are affected,” she said.
Asifa Javaid, another teacher completed one training course and the next day she was deputed for another.
In Asifa’s school, four out of eight teachers have been deputed for training. “What justice other 4 teachers could do with rest of the students? How children can get individual attention? When I will be back in class, my students would have forgotten everything I have taught them.”
According to teachers, trainings for teachers should be done on rotation basis so that children studies don’t get affected.
Nahid Nelofur, Principal DIET said that the trainings are important as teachers are exposed to new methods of teaching. “There should be some norms for exemption of teachers facing health issues,” she said. She said that most of the teachers give excuses to avoid training programmes.