An acute shortage of teachers, their uneven distribution and no-detention policy are the main reasons behind the worsening academic results in Haryana schools.
HT talked to various teachers and educationists who felt that besides the serious problem of shortage of faculty, the no-detention policy, as per which all the students have to be promoted to next class up to Class 9, were the factors responsible for the poor show as their learning abilities remained low, which reflected in the Class 10 and later Class 12 in the Haryana school board exams.
They also pointed out uneven distribution of teachers in several districts as another reason for dismal results.
Though the recently declared Class 12 Haryana school board results showed an improvement from last year’s 53.96 % pass percentage to 62.40 % this year), the Class 10 results displayed hardly any improvement from last year’s 45.84% to 48.88% this year.
District education officer (DEO) Uday Pratap Singh, Yamunanagar, which has the second lowest pass percentage (20th among the total 21 districts) with 37.49%, said teachers’ shortage was the main reason behind the poor result. “Against sanctioned post of about 7,000, we have only about 3,100 teachers,” he said.
Neelam Bhandari, DEO, Gurgaon, which has 51.71% pass percentage, however, held that though she had recently been posted to Gurgaon, she observed the no-detention policy could be one of the main reasons behind poor results. The policy introduced under the Right to Education (RTE) Act is being reviewed by the Centre.
Haryana schools lecturers’ association president Dayanand Dalal argued that though unlike Class 10, the Class 12 results had shown some improvement, the serious shortage of teachers and no-detention policy were main reasons behind the poor results.
According to him, against the 34,000 sanctioned posts of lecturer, only about 18,000 posts were filled. He also held that there were districts which had surplus teachers and while others had deficit. He also cited the no-detention policy as one of the reasons responsible for poor results.
Educationist S Kumar, general secretary, Forum of Senior Citizens in Education, who also cited the no-detention policy as one of reasons, however, did not agree with the shortage of teachers as one. “One can see the results of teachers who are in service to see the reality. The forum believes it is the motivation among teachers and pupils for education which seems to be missing,” he said and added that the forum would be meeting DEOs and subsequently launching some programmes in the schools.