Teachers’ committee meets Advisor Ganai to fix systemic problems

Teachers’ committee meets Advisor Ganai to fix systemic problems

Srinagar: In a 22-point memorandum submitted to Governor’s advisor Khurshid Ahmad Ganai on Thursday, the School Education Employees Coordination Committee (SEECC) has pointed out the “disproportionate Pupil Teacher Ratio” at several government-run schools in Kashmir, and called for filling the “fair number” of vacant teachers’ posts.
The committee, led by its president Dr Manzoor Ahmad, held a 2-hour-long meeting with Ganai at Church Lane today. In a statement released later, the SEECC said, “There are instances where a few teachers are catering to a huge roll whereas there are schools which are enjoying surplus staff. Undertaking a rationalisation exercise is the need of the hour.”
It asked the school education department to arrange teachers on academic arrangement/ need basis “to ensure equitable distribution of staff in needy schools” till a full-fledged rationalisation exercise is undertaken.
While the pupil-teacher ratio remained disproportionate at many schools, the SEECC said, “A fair number of lecturer posts are lying vacant, which acts as an impediment in the smooth functioning of schools”.
“There is a dire need to fill up these vacant posts. Kindly take up the matter with the concerned quarters. It is hoped that in the interim, lecturers are engaged on contractual basis so that the academic session does not suffer any further,” the members said to the advisor.
The SEECC also told the advisor that an infrastructure “upgradation/ augmentation in schools needs to be undertaken on priority basis”.
“In order to achieve optimum success, the exercise needs to be kick started sooner than later,” it said.
It further said that a clear-cut transfer policy needs to be framed.
One of the members laid special emphasis on framing a comprehensive transfer policy for RRT’s/Grade II Teachers.
The SEECC said that the advisor “intently listened to the issues raised and assured the delegation that these issues would be taken up on a fast track basis”.
“In this regard the worthy advisor has sought a meeting with Commissioner Secretary Education on the 17th of this month,” it added.