In the wake of a series of bad performance in various examinations, the UT education department directed to State Council Education Research and Training (SCERT) to put in place a system of evaluation of students as well as teachers of government schools.
UT education secretary Sarvjit Singh said that teachers who continue to give poor results will be firmly dealt with.
“Poorly performing teachers on deputation will be repatriated to their parent states while disciplinary proceedings will be initiated against regular teachers,” he said, adding many gover nment school teachers and heads have become complacent of their positions, which reflects on the schools’ performance.
The recommendations came after a meeting held on May 29, which was attended by heads of low-performing schools and senior department officials.
Along with evaluation, the department has also planned training sessions for teachers, especially in language and mathematics, the two major subjects that have seen a massive dip in performance.
In the recently conducted national achievement survey for Class 3, the Chandig arh students failed to answer even basic questions in language and mathematics.
Education department sources said that SCERT director Surinder Dhayia has been asked to identify good books on English and Hindi languages and to organise a workshop of teachers to improve the methodology of teaching.
After it was found that government schools had stopped the age-old method of asking students to recite times tables in classrooms, the meeting saw the department seek its reintroduction in primary classes.
STRESS ON ACTIVITY-BASED LEARNING
The department claims that it has been asking government schools to switch over to activitybased learning along the lines of the best international practices, citing that children find it easier to learn concepts when presented pictorially and in a playful manner.
“However, government schools have continued to stick to age-old methods of teaching, which is why students could not comprehend the pictorial questions posed by the national survey team,” said Sarvjit Singh, adding that teachers have been given three months to brush up their teaching skills according to the methods used for activitybased lear ning and adopt the technique in schools.
Teachers will be trained in batches by SCERT, which will engage eminent faculty for the purpose.
Senior officials of the department, meanwhile, call for a new transfer policy with a mandate that no teacher or school head can remain at a particular school beyond three years.
Currently, a teacher can remain at a certain school only up to 10 years (five in case of principals).
“Even this policy has not been implemented so far. As a result, there is no fear and accountability on the part of the teachers, who continue to evade their duties,” said a senior official.