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    Published On : Wed, Dec 4th, 2013
    Education | By Nagpur Today Nagpur News

    NMC treats education a “petty” issue as teachers enjoy other departments

    A total 57 posts of teachers are vacant in middle schools and 26 in primary schools. Most shockingly, the teachers, who were supposed to be in front of blackboards, are serving in other departments of NMC for years together.

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    The importance of education in today’s intense competition for excellence in various fields has been stressed by each and every scholar, leader and eminent personality. But when it comes to NMC, leave alone achieving the excellence, it cannot even improve the poor standard of education in its own schools. The fact could be proved by ever declining education quality in the absence of required number of teachers. A total 57 posts of teachers are vacant in middle schools and 26 in primary schools. Most shockingly, the teachers, who were supposed to be in front of blackboards, are serving in other departments of NMC for years together and blatantly refuse to go to schools by adopting various crooked means and ways. Even transfer orders issued by top bosses find their ways to dustbins.


    The situation in Public Relations Office has come to such a pass that the PRO Ashok Kolhatkar, a teacher, was transferred and appointed as teacher in NMC School in Bastarwari. However, till now, he has not joined the school as Assistant Teacher. On the contrary, he is active in bringing political pressure in order to cancel his transfer and appointment as teacher, sources said. Another teacher, Sudhir Koramkar, is also being working in other department. The situation persists for other teachers who are also working in one department or the other than teachers in NMC schools. The net result is the standard of schools is declining day by day and the supposed teachers are netting higher and higher salaries without doing any worthwhile works in other departments. In between, the students of NMC schools are taking the maximum brunt as far as education is concerned.


    The NMC Commissioner Shyam Wardhane and Additional Commissioner Hemant Pawar have been striving hard to improve quality of education and implementing various reforms in the schools of civic body to achieve the goal. The reforms include stress on quality education and proper and specific training to teachers. However, their efforts are falling short following absence of required number of teachers in the schools. Because the supposed teachers have been refusing to get transferred to their genuine place of teaching and have stuck to other departments of NMC like the blood-sucking leeches.


    The President on NMC Teachers’ Association Rajesh Gawre has demanded immediate transfer of teachers who are working in other departments to their respective schools. He said, the Association has submitted memorandums in this connection several times. The Administration is positive on Association’s demand and the Commissioner and Additional Commissioner have made honest efforts in this regard. But the political pressure is stalling the transfers. The NMC Administration should initiate stern action against those teachers who refuse to join the schools, Gawre demanded.


    The system of posting primary school teachers in Maharashtra to other departments like offices of District Collector, Zilla Parishad, Panchayat Samiti, Tehsil Office, Municipal Corporations, Municipal Councils and other government offices on deputation-basis to overcome shortage of staff at these offices is directly hitting education of students hard as the schools too face shortage of teachers. Now, there are demands to stop this system and send back the teachers to their respective schools so that the students should not suffer due lack of sufficient teachers. The issue was also raised in Maharashtra Assembly and a detailed discussion was held on the issue.

    Now, according to Government Resolution, the teachers should not be given any responsibility than teaching except during the period of general election works like training, responsibility on polling day and counting of votes. Now, the Government has directed the concerned authorities not to call the primary school teachers on deputation except during major elections and send the teachers back to their respective schools for only teaching purpose. The Government has warned of a severe action against school headmasters or headmistresses, Group Education Officers and District Education Officers if primary teachers are found working on deputation in other Government, local civic body departments or private primary or secondary educational institutes.

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