Legislative council chairman Amrit Malhotra on Wednesday directed the minister concerned and state education department to form a stringent policy against teachers who are running private schools right under the nose of the government while motivating and forcing government school students to join private schools by charging money from them.
"I am shocked to hear that such a malpractice is going on and it calls for an immediate check," the chairman said while directing the state education department to take necessary steps to eradicate this menace.
The issue was raised following a question put forth by MLC Rani Gargi Blowria, seeking a state policy in place to regularise teachers engaged in private institutions besides the reason behind the decline of students' roll in government primary schools.
While PHE minister Sham Lal's answer to the concerned minister came in a negative on both the queries, Blowria's question was supplemented by the MLCs Jahangir Mir and Sohrawardy who blamed the government's education system for overlooking this malpractice of the government teachers while 'running their own business' through private schools and luring the children to undertake private schooling.
Chairman Amrit Malhotra said it was shocking to hear as to how the government teachers who were drawing salaries the tune of `60,000 to 70,0000 could resort to such an unprofessional conduct and directed the minister concerned to look into the matter judiciously.
He added that the education department should prepare a list of such government teachers who are running private schools in the state so that government can take stringent action against them as per law.
MLC Suharwardy, in his supplementary question, apprised the House that there are various private schools being run by the government teachers in various districts and that the state administration is helpless in taking a strict action against them.
MLC Rafiq Shah also apprised the House that there is a dire need to frame a stringent policy against the government teachers who malign the image of state government and education department only to mint the money.
He added that these government teachers are dishonouring government schools by saying that quality education is not provided in government schools and compelling innocent parents to admit their wards to the private schools. The government has to frame a stringent policy against them to save the infrastructure of government schools, he added.
PHE minister Sham Lal, while responding to the supplementary question on behalf of the education department, said there is an immediate need of social auditing in the education department so that parents and wards are counselled on the issue besides conducting consultations with parents, civil society members, department concerned and NGOs to sort out the matter in an effective manner.
The minister also assured the House that the matter would be taken up with the education department to frame effective law so that such government teachers can be penalised under the state Act.