Teachers taking pvt tuition to be strictly dealt with: Govt

Srinagar: The state government has toughened its stand and ordered the teachers not to take any private assignments, including teaching in private coaching centres, unless permitted by the authority concerned.The order issued by the government on Wednesday has directed that no teaching faculty of the Education Department shall take any activity/assignment, including teaching in private institutions or coaching centres.“The Directorates of the Education Department and all Education Officers are directed to ensure strict compliance of the instructions in their respective jurisdiction,” the order reads.The order reads that those who will violate the directions will be strictly dealt with. It has also been directed that a weekly report shall be furnished with relevant details by the Directorates.In 2015, the state government had framed guidelines for the operation of the tuition centres across the state and put a blanket ban on the private practice of government teachers.However, not much changed was visible on the ground.In its fresh order, the government has ordered that no teacher shall undertake any assignment privately unless the permission is obtained from the competent authority and no such permission shall be available two hours before the opening of the schools and two hours after the schools get closed.Since last year, the government has also started winter schooling for children and the Chief Minister’s Super 50 to prepare students for competitive exams.The government has set up 800 centres across the Valley to teach students during winter and many teachers have been engaged for teaching.The Director, School Education, said the decision had been taken to make the government’s winter schooling efforts successful.“There are some teachers who don’t want our initiative of free winter schooling to succeed. This creates problems as we want the students to get benefitted. We are using the services of experienced and specialised teachers in the department. Those who fail to adhere to the guidelines will be strictly dealt with,” said Aijaz Ahmad Bhat, Director, School Education. (TNS)