Night stay at training camps miffs Rajasthan teachers
Training sessions will be held from 9am to 6pm, and teachers will have to stay at the camps in the night. The education department has installed bio-metric machines at the venues to ensure teachers’ presence during night timeUpdated: May 15, 2017 20:21 IST
Teachers in Rajasthan protested against night stay in training camps, saying the education department has not ensured facilities for women at the venues.
Teachers’ training camps started in the state on Monday and will continue till June 30. Training sessions will be held from 9am to 6pm, and teachers will have to stay at the camps in the night. The education department has installed bio-metric machines at the venues to ensure teachers’ presence during night time.
Opposing residential training camps, teachers’ organisations said they would not stay at the venues in the night.
In previous years, such camps were organised between 7am and 12 noon, and stay at the venues after the sessions was not necessary. Teachers’ organisations questioned the motive behind the new pattern.
“After attending the camp, teachers will leave the venue,” said Nutanpuri Goswami, Barmer district president of the Rajasthan Prathamik and Madhyamik Shikshak Sangh.
“For the past week, we are protesting against the residential training camps; after the department ignored us, we intensified our protest and decided that teachers will not stay in the camps during night time,” Goswami said.
Education department officials said night stay at camps was made mandatory after it was found that teachers did not take day-time training seriously and avoided attending sessions.
Gumnaram Jakhar, district president of the Rajasthan Panchayati Raj Karamchari Sanghthan, said the department changed the pattern, but did not ensure facilities for the teachers, especially women.
“Camps have started at many locations with no facilities for women teachers; the department has not ensured convenience and safety for them,” Jakhar alleged. “How can female teachers stay with male teachers in an open location?”
Premchand Sankhla, district education officer (elementary), said, “It is true that teachers are protesting against the residential training camps, but they have not boycotted them.”
He said, “Apart from ensuring facilities, all security measures will be taken for female teachers. We are trying to explain it to teachers.”
Fifty teachers will participate in a six-day training camp. Camps will be organised in seven phases.
First Published: May 15, 2017 20:21 IST