Teachers at government-aided and non-agriculture colleges in Maharashtra will now have to declare their assets every year.
The state government has issued the order following the Bombay High Court’s remarks that teachers were spending more time at private coaching classes than at colleges, affecting the quality of education.
“We have already issued the orders respecting the judgement of the high court, and the process of assets declaration has started by the respective institutes,” said Rajesh Tope, higher and technical education minister.
The teachers have been asked to give in written the details of the movable and immovable property owned by them at the beginning of every academic year.
They will also have to mention other sources of income, if any, the government order said.
“The policy would prevent government teachers from teaching in private coaching classes and ensure they spend most of their time in colleges,” an official from the higher and technical education department said.
The judgement mentions reason to declare assets as, “the Government should ensure that the teachers devote their full time for education, research, training art and literature and that they do not engage themselves in any other vocation or source of earning while in service.”
The department would soon review the order and check if all the colleges and institutes have taken the declaration from the teachers, the official said.