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Meetings of government teachers to be held in small groups in UP

In Barabanki, government school teachers sat on the floor during the monthly review meeting on Wednesday while the block education officer and other officials remained seated on chairs on raised platforms, raising many eyebrows. 

lucknow Updated: Jun 30, 2017 16:17 IST
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The department would carry out an enquiry regarding the budget allocations.
The department would carry out an enquiry regarding the budget allocations.

The education department has asked the block education officer of Barabanki to conduct review meetings with teachers in smaller groups if there aren’t adequate numbers of chairs.

This comes after Hindustan Times highlighted the plight of government school teachers, who were made to sit on floor during the monthly review meeting at Dariyabad Block Resource Center in Barabanki on Wednesday,

Also, senior officials of the basic education department have decided to find out the conditions in other districts too.

“Dariyabad may not be just one case where teachers were made to sit on the floor due to lack of proper infrastructure . There could be several other districts and blocks following the same pattern,” said Sarvendra Vikram Bahadur Singh, director, basic education. 

The department would carry out an enquiry regarding the budget allocations etc for the meetings and would also seek help from Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan to assist in improving the conditions at block levels, he said. 

In Barabanki, government school teachers sat on the floor during the monthly review meeting on Wednesday while the block education officer and other officials remained seated on chairs on raised platforms, raising many eyebrows. 

When contacted, Manmohan Singh, Barabanki block education officer who presided over the meeting in Dariyabad, said it was his first meeting and he wasn’t aware of the arrangements. He said he was told that the seating arrangement on floor was made as there weren’t adequate number of chairs. 

A senior official of the education department said, “The block education officer has been asked to conduct meetings in smaller groups if there aren’t adequate numbers of chairs.” 

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The teachers, who attended the meeting, said the conditions were embarrassing as they were not only made to sit on the floor but were denied even drinking water. There were no arrangements for water or tea during the two hour meeting, they said. 

The meetings are held every month and the teachers are made to sit on floor every time in Dariyabad.