Teachers’ test: Bringing children to schools Edu Dept asks teachers to increase student enrolment, visit migrant families, convince parents Posted at: Mar 23, 2017, 12:19 AM Last updated: Mar 23, 2017, 12:19 AM (IST) A pamphlet circulated by a government school to attract students. Tribune photograph A pamphlet circulated by a government school to attract students. Tribune photograph Tribune News Service
Bathinda, March 22
After receiving a complaint from the Punjab State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (PSCPCR), the School Education Department has directed all government primary and elementary schools not to deny admission to any child aged between 6 and 14 years from families of migrant labourers and workers of brick kilns in the area.
In a letter to all District Education Offices (elementary), the department has conveyed that there were many complaints to the PSCPCR about government schools being hesitant in giving admission to children of migrant labourers and workers on brick kilns in the state. The Deputy State Project Director warned all DEOs (elementary) that denying admission to these children was a violation of the Right to Education Act, 2009.
Instead of bringing all such children to schools and getting them enrolled, school teachers have been asked to visit brick kilns and slums in their respective areas. However, teachers in government primary and elementary schools in Bathinda said work-related migration of parents from one place to another plays a hindrance in bringing children back to school.
Government schools are facing a challenge of increasing enrolment of students, in a competition with private schools. “We are on a campaign to attract a maximum number of students to government schools,” said a teacher in Bathinda.
Tackling parents’ doubts
To convince parents and guardians about the improved quality of education in government schools, teachers are organising students’ rallies, installing big flex boards and distributing pamphlets to tell people about various welfare schemes for students in government schools.
“To encourage parents and guardians to send their children to government schools, we are highlighting various welfare schemes including mid-day meal scheme, free uniform, scholarship, sports goods, free books and many other facilities,” the teacher added.
Some days back, the state School Education Department had asked government schools to highlight various special welfare measures and schemes which are available only in government schools in rural and urban areas. “We have experienced and highly qualified teaching staff. Our motive is to increase the enrolment of students this year,” said Baljit Kaur, circle education officer.
In some areas, teachers are conducting door-to-door campaigns to attract students to government primary schools. The move is aimed at reversing the comparatively low attendance of students in government schools by convincing the parents and guardians, revealed the sources in the School Education Department.
During these campaigns, however, teachers were stumped when many parents asked them to admit their children to private English medium schools instead of government schools they teach at. Sources in the department revealed that not only in urban areas, private schools in rural areas in the state also have an edge over government schools in terms of enrolment. This enrolment is about 52 per cent in private schools. Majority of the students in government schools are those belonging to economically poor families and those of Dalit communities.
All freebies like mid-day meal and uniforms failed to attract students as parents doubt the quality of education at government schools. As a large number of students from rural areas travel to adjoining towns every day and there are incidents of road accidents with school buses in the state in the recent past, many schools have even planned of highlighting these incidents to discourage parents to send their children to private schools in towns.
Govt nod must for teachers to pursue further studies
updated: Mar 24, 2017, 1:44 AM (IST) Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service
Ludhiana, March 23
From now onwards, the Education Department authorities in Chandigarh will determine whether a teacher should be allowed to pursue further education during service.
The move has been taken by the department following complaints from students that their studies were being hit as teachers remained on long leaves on the pretext of further education.
Earlier, the district education officer and school principals were authorised to allow teachers to pursue further studies.
The matter came to light after the Education Department received various complaints pertaining to the veracity of universities from where degrees have been obtained.
Sources in the department said many teachers have obtained degrees from non-recognised universities and further applied for promotions, whereas the government has clarified that degrees obtained from recognised university will be considered.
It has been stated that teachers would have to send the self-attested copy of the certificates to Director Public Instruction (DPI) after completing their studies.
District Education Officer (DPI-Secondary) Sarabjit Singh said if the results of students would fall below 50 per cent, then teachers would not be given the permission to pursue further studies.
He said the permission could be withdrawn without giving any prior notice. He said all schoolteachers and principals have been informed about the latest orders.
Sources said teachers, who remain absent and indulge in indiscipline, will not be given permission to pursue further studies.
School principals, lecturers, teachers and clerical staff have been divided into four categories (ABC and D), respectively.
Why the step
The move has been taken by the department following complaints from students that their studies were being hit as teachers remained on long leaves on the pretext of further education. Earlier, the district education officer and school principals were authorised to allow teachers to pursue further studies. The matter came to light after the Education Department received various complaints pertaining to the veracity of universities from where degrees have been obtained.
What the pro forma says
The pro forma should be complete and no column should be left blank. Apart from this, they have to attach the affidavit, character certificate, copy of the appointment letter, copy of the attendance register, ACRs of past five years, result of past five years, copy of the educational certificate, self-declaration, a copy of the previous permission from the Principal, when to give the exam and whether the admission fee has been submitted or not.
HC stays further hiring of surveyors Posted at: Mar 24, 2017, 1:17 AM Last updated: Mar 24, 2017, 1:17 AM (IST) Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, March 23
Acting on a petition challenging the selection and appointments of surveyors in the Department of Soil and Water Conversation, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today stayed further appointments in the general category.
Justice Jaswant Singh also issued a notice of motion to the state and the Subordinate Services Selection Board for April 6 on the petition filed by Surjit Singh and 23 others.
Their counsel, Kapil Kakkar and Hema Kakkar, contended that the petitioners applied for 162 posts of surveyor in response to an advertisement issued by the board. The statutory rules governing the posts made it clear that the surveyor course, in addition to matriculation at least in the second division, was mandatory.
But the board had on December 28, 2016, selected more than 70 candidates not possessing the requisite qualification. They were possessing BTech and civil engineering degrees and so were not eligible for the post. Kapil Kakkar submitted that a number of candidates, declared overage and absent during counselling, too, were selected before the department issued appointment letters to 108 candidates in the general category.
State gets notice
Justice Jaswant Singh issued a notice of motion to the state and the Subordinate Services Selection Board for April 6 on the petition filed by Surjit Singh and 23 others, challenging the selection and appointments of surveyors in the Department of Soil and Water Conversation.
Transfers: Preference to govt teachers suffering from cancer Posted at: Mar 24, 2017, 1:17 AM Last updated: Mar 24, 2017, 1:17 AM (IST) Tribune News Service
Faridkot, March 23
On the pattern of physically disabled employees, now the state government has issued an order saying all employees in the Education Department suffering from cancer will get preference in transfers, postings and accommodation to suit their needs.
For long these employees have been complaining that due care was not taken in catering to their special treatment and requirements while deciding their transfers and place of stay.
Before giving new postings to many promoted teachers as principals in government schools in the state, the school Education Department has asked all teachers who were suffering from cancer to get a medical certificate from any of the government medical colleges, including Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital, Faridkot, Government Rajindra Medical College, Patiala, PGI, Chandigarh, or SGPC-run Guru Ram Das Medical College, Amritsar, regarding the disease.
After months of dithering, the school Education Department had promoted over 1,000 master cadre teachers to the post of lecturer and Punjab Education Service (PES, Grade-1) on February 27. Now some of these PES promotees are to be appointed as principals of government schools in the state.
“A cancer patient needs special medical care. Therefore, providing them accessible accommodation near their place of posting and a good hospital to provide them treatment need to be identified,” said a senior functionary in the Education Department.
However, these promotions are proving to be a sour experience for some of the promotees who are on deputation in Chandigarh and other departments of the state government for the last many years. The school Education Department has directed all these promoted teachers to report back to their parent department — School Education Department, after being relieved from their deputation department. As some of these teachers want to continue on deputation, the promotions to lecturer post are not bringing them any thrill.
Submit medical certificates: Dept
Before giving new postings to many promoted teachers as principals in government schools in the state, the school Education Department has asked all teachers who were suffering from cancer to get a medical certificate from any of the government medical colleges
National BC panel out, new panel for OBCs Posted at: Mar 24, 2017, 1:48 AM Last updated: Mar 24, 2017, 1:54 AM (IST) New Delhi, March 23
The Union Cabinet today gave the go-ahead for setting up a National Commission for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes with constitutional status, bowing to the demand from OBCs for an entity for them which is on par with the panels for SCs and STs.
The Cabinet also cleared a proposal for dissolving the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) and repealing the law under which it was established.
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The NCBC was a statutory body under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment established on August 14, 1993.
Its duties included receiving representations from the persons belonging to backward classes on various issues like discrimination faced by them, non-implementation of reservation rules by authorities, etc.
It was, however, not empowered to look into the grievances of people of Other Backward Classes.
The Bill to provide constitutional status to the body will be introduced in Parliament.
The Commission will comprise a Chairperson, a Vice-Chairperson and three other members.
The Cabinet’s decision followed demands for constitutional status for the National Commission for Backward Classes in order to allow it to hear the grievances of OBCs in the manner in which the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and National Commission for Scheduled Tribes do. The latter two are constitutional bodies and not a statutory entity like NCBC. PTI
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Regarding permission for Higher Education For employees of Group A and B ( Principals and Lecturer) permission will b given by @ state government level and for group C & D ( master cadre Ett teachers ) by DPI .....