Srinagar: Appreciating government’s concern to improve quality education in its schools, Awami Itehaad Party (AIP) president and MLA Langate, Engineer Abdul Rasheed Sheikh Tuesday said that recent directives passed by Education department seeking action against teachers who performed below standard is a welcome step.
However, Er Rasheed said that the proposal to post the teachers showing poor performance to remote areas like Keran, Karnah and Machil has exposed the truth that government has never been sincere to the people of remote areas.
“Transferring dull performing teachers to remote areas and projecting the decision as a punishment to them is ample proof to realize that government does not want good teachers to be posted in these remote areas, who otherwise deserve and require more attention than cities, towns and well connected villages,” he said.
He said that if government wants education standards to improve and teachers to perform well, the promotion of teachers should be made on the basis of their performance and their posting in any case should not be seen or made like a punishment.
“The performance should be the only criteria to elevate teachers and their length of services should not be the criteria for their promotion. If government truly wants bad performing teachers to take them to task, their postings should never ever be seen or related to their performance. By posting poor performing teachers it goes the impression that remove areas don’t deserve or require good teachers,” he said.
Er Rasheed added while performance not seniority should be the yard stick for promotions for all government employees, the education sector needs to be reformed on the basis of performance of teachers.
Er Rasheed however said that government must also provide adequate staff in schools, proper facilities and excellent infrastructure before holding teachers accountable.
He appealed teacher community to offer their co-operation to the government for improving the overall performance of teachers but added that government needs to keep the education sector on top most priority to ensure that state competes to the best possible extent.