NEW DELHI: The Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry will conduct a survey to assess the adverse impact of non-teaching activities, such as conducting cattle census, election duties, pulse polio work to ration card verification, on teaching and teachers, sources said.
The National University of Educational and Administration (NUEPA) is likely to undertake the study and submit it by September, sources said. Established by the HRD ministry, NUEPA assists capacity building and research in planning and management of education.
For now, the ministry has decided to only engage teachers in census and election-related work. It will take more action once the report is submitted. The Right to Education Act 2009, allows only three duties — census, disaster and election duties (only on polling and counting days).
The ministry has decided to not engage teachers in non-teaching activities after numerous teachers’ associations took up the matter in their respective states.
“Teachers are meant to teach first and hence any non-teaching work is not the first priority. Government teachers are usually roped in to do other work too, and quite often it takes a toll on them and affects teaching. It also impacts the results. The study will help us understand the kind of impact it has,” said a senior HRD official.
According to a senior HRD official, the ministry is also keen on providing training to school teachers and principals of government schools.
Concerned over archaic tools used for teaching in state-run and -aided schools, the ministry is pushing for a system that introduces latest teaching methodology to teachers.