Most of the 186 teachers summoned by education minister Daljit Singh Cheema here on Wednesday to ascertain the reasons for the regular poor results of Classes 10 and 12, blamed the students and the no detention policy up to Class 8 for the poor board results.
Aiming at improving the standard of education in government schools, Cheema had called these teachers for a brainstorming session to devise ways to improve the results. But Cheema was not convinced with the replies he got.
Sushma Rani, a social studies teacher from Patiala, said, “Their base is poor. We do not fail the low-performing students up to Class 8, then how can we expect good results in the board examinations? Besides, Patiala is a backward district.” To this, Cheema replied, “If Patiala is backward, then what will you call Fazilka and Mansa districts?”
Boasting of his 100% results in the last four years unlike the 0% this year, Baljinder Singh, a mathematics teacher from a village in Gurdaspur district, blamed the students for “not being interested in the subject”. To this, Cheema said that his earlier good result might be because of students indulging in cheating.
The minister reminded the teachers, “It is your prime duty to maintain the status of your schools in your locality by delivering good results.”
He said that from the next academic session, the annual confidential reports (ACRs) of teachers would be recorded purely on the basis of their performance and teachers who would continue to be poor performers would be taken to task as strict disciplinary action would be taken against them.
Cheema also blamed the principals of the schools with poor results and the district education officers (DEOs), directing them to personally monitor the performance of teachers, saying principals and DEOs would be held accountable in case the results didn’t improve.
Cheema on Wednesday had summoned 186 teachers/lecturers who had shown 80% to 100% failure in results in board examinations. Of these teachers, 32 had 100% failure in the Classes 10 and 12 examinations. The result failure of four teachers ranged from 95% to 99%, of 15 teachers from 90% to 94% and of 135 teachers from 80% to 89%.
2 teachers found ‘copying’
Cheema had sought written suggestions from the teachers to improve the results. Two teachers—Sandeep Kaur and Renu Bala—wrote identical suggestions. “You are copying even suggestions. What can be expected of you?” Cheema said.
-ACRs to be written on the basis of result
-DEOs and school heads to be held accountable for poor results
-Training schedule for poor-performing teachers to be framed
-Disciplinary action against regular poor performers