The Ruk Jana Nahi scheme in Madhya Pradesh, aimed to help unsuccessful students tide over psychological agony, has hit a roadblock as state education minister claims government teachers are not supporting its implementation. However, private school teachers are approached to get the scheme implemented.
About 1.73 lakh students who have failed in the MP Board of Secondary Education (MPBSE) examinations in two or more subjects have enrolled for this scheme, which gives them another chance to write the exam on June 15.
More than 40 students have committed suicide in Madhya Pradesh this year after failing to clear examinations or for bad results.
Hindustan Times in May reported that more than 500 students were calling the MPBSE helpline every day before the declaration of Class 10 results. The helpline data states that 800 calls came every day prior to the Class 12 results were declared.
The Ruk Jana Nahi scheme was launched after concern was raised in the state assembly during the budget session.
State education minister Paras Jain said: “The teachers of Saraswati Shishu Mandir came forward to impart education free of cost under this scheme, but it is difficult to get the government school teachers during summer vacations.”
Jain was talking after launching the eight-day-long coaching session under the Ruk Jana Nahi scheme at Saraswati Shishu Mandir, a private school affiliated to the Madhya Pradesh Board.
The government is reportedly banking on private teachers, mainly from schools run by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) for effective implementation of the scheme.
Jain told Hindustan Times that if the students fail in the June 15 exam, then they might get another chance soon. If the scheme gets good response, it might be adopted by the MP Board as a regular programme.
However, Jain dodged a question if the scheme would affect quality of examination as the students will get several chances to clear the paper/s. “I believe that at least 50,000 will pass after this examination,” he said.
State open school’s director PR Tiwari said, “No one likes to work for free now, but the staff of Saraswati Shishu Mandir agreed and their branches across the state are ready to provide coaching for free.”
He said government teachers would have demanded earned leaves in lieu of sacrificing their vacations and coming to teach the students. “We have decided to pay teachers an honorarium for their services under this scheme,” Tiwari said.
Teachers, on the other hand, said they were not approached for their services for the scheme.
“Our summer vacation is not spared either as we are busy with ward survey work. They (the department) didn’t want to engage government teachers for this scheme because they are keeping in mind the financial benefits for RSS-run schools and for the MP Open State School,” said Madhya Pradesh Shikshak Congress secretary Ashutosh Pandey.