Teachers guard shoes, count cattle but get little time to teach in MP
As many as 17,874 government-run schools in Madhya Pradesh have just a single teacher each while 4,837 have no teachers at all, a recent survey by the ministry of human resources development has revealed.education Updated: Dec 02, 2016 11:33 IST
As many as 17,874 government-run schools in Madhya Pradesh have just a single teacher each while 4,837 have no teachers at all, a recent survey by the ministry of human resources development has revealed.
Teachers in the state say that besides teaching they have to perform additional duties like guarding shoes at fairs, counting cattle for the animal census besides complying data for social security mission , which leaves them little to teach.
Teachers say that they should be delegated only for educational duties. Out of the 230 working days in schools, teachers are hardly able to take classes for 120 to 130 days, some of them say.
“We were asked to guard shoes during Simhastha and a few years ago we even surveyed cattle for the animal census,” says Ashutosh Pandey, general secretary Madhya Pradesh Shikshak Congress.
“Every year, the voters list is updated and we have to dedicate at least 100 days every year doing other tasks like surveys, data collection and it is mandatory for teachers to attend government functions,” he says.
Jagdish Yadav, who works as a teacher under a panchayat, says the situation in the district and rural areas is worse.
‘There is a huge shortage of teachers in the rural areas’
“There is a huge shortage of teachers in the rural areas so we are overloaded with duties apart from teaching,” he says.
“From promoting government schemes to election duties and attending government function we are engaged in everything else besides teaching. Due to constant shuffling of duties we are not able to teach dedicatedly and students suffer,” he tells Hindustan Times.
Most teachers say at present they are busy compiling data for registrations and mapping for Samagra social security mission and have a three-day deadline to submit the figures so they are unable to take classes.
A teacher from Bhopal, who did not wish to be named, said the deadline to compile the data is so short that we cannot complete it even after working extra hours.
“We have no option but to miss classes and compile the data,” the teacher says.
The Annual Status of Education Report , 2014, states that only 9.6% Class 5 students in Madhya Pradesh are able read simple English sentences. About 40% students of Class 4 can read a Class 1 text while 22.8% can do basic subtractions.
Barely 18.2% students in Class 5 can read Class 1 Hindi text
Despite Madhya Pradesh being a Hindi-speaking belt, barely 18.2% students in Class 5 can read Class 1 Hindi text.
Minister of state for school education Deepak Joshi says the government will hire more than 41,000 teachers by February 2017.
Asked if increasing teachers will improve the quality of education in the state, he says that the department has requested the state government not deploy teachers in non-educational duties but Census and election duties will continue.
Teachers, however will soon be relieved from their duties of updating voters list and caste certificates, he says.