Govt teachers may have to work two extra hours daily
Two more hours of school are on the cards for Delhi teachers.delhi Updated: May 24, 2012 00:51 IST
Two more hours of school are on the cards for Delhi teachers.
In an effort to follow the Right to Education Act that stipulates 45 hours of work for teachers each week, the Directorate of Education (DOE), Delhi, is looking for ways to make teachers stay back in school for longer hours each day.
This move will affect close to 40,000 government school teachers.
"We were the first state to implement the Right to Education Act and want to do it to the tee. The act says that teachers should work 45 hours per week whereas our teachers are working only 33 hours per week. We have set up a committee to suggest feasible ways to increase the time," said a senior DOE official.
It's believed that private school teachers may be affected as well, but the DOE has not planned anything in their regard so far.
Government school teachers currently stay in school between 7 am and 12.30 pm - a total of 5.5 hours. If the change is implemented, teachers will leave from school at 2.30 pm.
The move, however, will not increase the number of school hours for children.
"Currently, the biggest problem in front of us is lack of space in schools that run in double shifts. We have 680 school buildings. A total of 1,100 schools run in the morning and evening shifts from the same building. If the working hours of the teachers in the morning shift are increased, we will have to find an alternative space to seat them as the evening shift teachers will be in school at 1 pm," the official added.
One of the solutions that the committee has come up with is to set up two staffrooms in each school so that every teacher has a place to sit.
The school hours of teachers in Kendriya Vidyalayas have already been increased starting this April amidst protests and similar protests are also expected in the city.
But some teachers are in favour of the move. "Students' studies get affected because of the amount of administrative work teachers are forced to do everyday. This will give us a way to finish the syllabus on time and complete the administrative work on time. But the move should be followed up by giving us the same privileges as all other government employees get," said a government school teacher on condition of anonymity.