Government schools sans English, maths teachers
Tribune News Service
Ludhiana, April 28
The state government is in process of implementing the Right to Education (RTE) in true spirits. But at maximum government middle schools in the state, there are no teachers for teaching important subjects like maths and English. The only alternative adopted by the state government has been hiring the services of science and social science teachers to teach maths and English, respectively. The impact shows is projected in their results as maximum students get compartment in maths and English in Classes from VI to VIII.
According to available information, there are about 2,500 government middle schools in Punjab. For the classes between VI to VIII, about 24 periods of maths (eight periods each class) are to be taken each week. Similar is the case with English. But to teach both these subjects, there are no "subject" teachers and services of master cadre science and social science teachers are hired to take maths and English classes, respectively.
One of the science teachers wishing not to be quoted said that any master cadre teacher could take maximum 34 periods each week.
"We have to take about 18 periods of science (for three classes) and in addition to that about 16 periods of maths. But the remaining about six periods are taken by other teachers including physical education, Hindi or other subjects. By not providing the subject teachers in middle schools, the government may be saving money but this is certainly showing in the results of the students, majority of whom get compartment in both maths and English subjects, respectively. One can get the list of the students and majority of students fail to get pass-marks in both the important subjects", rued the teacher.
The president of Maths Teacher Association Gurbachan Singh, said how could government expects excellent results in Classes IX and X when there are no subject teachers to teach maths and English?. He said, "There are no posts of maths and English in the middle schools. The science or social science teacher can not justify by teaching maths or English subjects. Government wants to bring change in the education system but there needs to be proper way."
Gurbir Singh, a maths teacher said the government needs to recruit subject teachers in middle schools as the poor and needy students in middle schools need strong foundation on the subjects and only then they could compete with their counterparts in this competitive era.