At a time when the Himachal Pradesh Education Board (HPEB) has created a record by declaring its Class XII results in four days, the UP Board is grappling with shortage of teachers to conduct evaluation work. A majority of teachers from primary schools were unable to assist in the UP Board invigilation duty. In fact even before the polls began, they were asked to scrutinize the voter lists.
Now, with teachers from government schools too being asked to report for poll duties, evaluation work of the UP Board, due to start from April 19, is expected to be hit. That’s because teachers have already left for poll training.
While some teachers have already completed their training (specially those who were required for poll duty for the first phase of elections), others are expected to complete their training in a phase-wise manner for the seven-phase polling schedule. In the absence of government college teachers, officials of the UP Board admit, there could be a serious credibility crisis in evaluation of answer copies for the UP Board.
“It’s true that govt teachers are generally acknowledged as credible as far as evaluation exercise is concerned, in their absence, the evaluation would have to be done by teachers from private colleges,” an official said.
This is significant because with evaluation work entrusted to teachers from private colleges, there could be a serious credibility crisis. The record, as officials admit, of private college teachers is pretty dismal.
Even in invigilation work, the role played by such teachers has often raised eyebrows. In certain cases even FIRs have been registered against some teachers for their dubious roles in invigilation exercise etc.
Apart from the evaluation exercise being hit by a credibility crisis, there is another problem—delay in declaration of results. “There is little we can do. You cannot deny poll work,” a teacher said.