West Bengal: Make changes in new bill, teachers request Education Minister

Several teachers including a former university vice-chancellor were badly beaten by police when they refused to call off their rally, said WBCUTA general secretary Shrutinath Prahara.

In picture, Teachers protesting in Kolkata against the new education bill

In picture, Teachers protesting in Kolkata against the new education bill

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After meeting education minister Partha Chatterjee in the state legislative assembly on Wednesday, a five-member team of various teachers’ organisations submitted a seven page deputation requesting to introduce changes in the new education bill that was passed recently.

However, several teachers’ organisations participated in a march to assembly that was stopped by police at Y-channel in Esplanade, and the teachers alleged police for using force.

Views of WBCUTA general secretary

Several teachers including a former university vice-chancellor were badly beaten by police when they refused to call off their rally, said WBCUTA general secretary Shrutinath Prahara.

“The police used force to stop us from marching towards Assembly. Later a five-member delegation was allowed to meet the education minister. We have requested him to look at our demands and make a few changes in the West Bengal Universities and Colleges (Administration and Regulation) Bill, 2017. He gave us a patient hearing and also condemned the act of the police,” Praharaj said, as reported by Indian Express

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JNU students block entry of teachers, officials in admin building

A nine-member delegation met the President and briefed him about various issues ranging from the issue of 100 per cent weightage given to viva-voce, intimidation and surveillance of faculty and students and the restrictions on freedoms of movement, assembly, speech and expression,” JNUTA president Ayesha Kidwai said.

In picture, JNU students protesting against the new administration rules

In picture, JNU students protesting against the new administration rules

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The new administration rules of JNU triggered a huge protest among students, even the officials were stopped on Friday from entering into the administrative building. The teachers’ association met President Pranab Mukherjee and sought his intervention in the matter.

Why are the students protesting?

The students have been agitating against the recent amendments in the admission policy of the university following certain guidelines by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and remained adamant on preventing the officials from entering office until their demands were met.

JNUTA demands President’s intervention:

The students action comes as members of JNU Teachers Association (JNUTA) met President Pranab Mukherjee, who is also the Visitor to the university, and sought his intervention into the amendments in admission rules causing seat cuts for Mphil and PhD programmes.

“A nine-member delegation met the President and briefed him about various issues ranging from the issue of 100 per cent weightage given to viva-voce, intimidation and surveillance of faculty and students and the restrictions on freedoms of movement, assembly, speech and expression,” JNUTA president Ayesha Kidwai said

View of JNU students’ union:

The JNU students union claimed that they were peacefully protesting and wanted to seek an appointment with the Vice Chancellor to discuss their grievances with him. JNUTA which has also been opposing the recent amendments, claimed that it raised the issue of “hasty and unthinking imposition of all the changes in JNU’s admission policy which are in violation of Constitutional provisions”

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Gujarat: Teachers skip classes to teach somewhere else

t comes before the notice of the government when several parents complained of the malpractice whereby teachers skipped their classes and teach somewhere else to make more money.

Representational image

Representational image

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Irked by the speculations which alleges schools teachers of bunking classes and taking up teaching jobs at other places, the Gujarat government has, of late, issued directions to all district primary education officers (DPEOs) and administrative officers (AOs) to ensure every teacher provides their respective districts with their credentials promptly on boards.

Following the directions issued earlier this month, teachers are mandated to provide their photographs and other details.

“This board prepared by each school – carrying information of each teacher’s name, education qualification, date of appointment, along with a photograph – has to be placed at a public place that can be easily viewed by all, especially by the School Management Committee (SMC) members and parents visiting the school,” reads the directive.

What has prompted the move?

It comes before the notice of the government when several parents complained of the malpractice whereby teachers skipped their classes and teaches somewhere else to make more money.

It is then acknowledged that government teachers, teaching in the morning shift, teach at other private schools in the evening.

“This is to avoid a situation where, for instance, a government teacher of a morning shift school also starts teaching at a private school in the evening shift. These boards put up at prominent public places will help the parents identify teachers who are teaching their children. Otherwise, parents hardly get to meet teachers,” said director primary education M I Joshi, as reported in The Indian express

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DU to hire 4,000 permanent teachers in 2017

The advertisement for the posts will be issued in January,  2017.

DU to hire 4,000 permanent teachers in 2017

DU to hire 4,000 permanent teachers in 2017

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In a sigh of relief for many, Delhi University (DU) has announced to hire over 1000 teachers on permanent posts.

After seeing the previous reports, it has been noticed that this decision from the university has come after a long wait of seven years.

Last month, in a major shock to aspirants willing to pursue the profession of teaching, Minister of State for Human Resource Development Mahendra Nath Pandey announced that over 900 permanent teaching posts are lying vacant in the University of Delhi.

More on the report:

  • It is said that Delhi University will be hiring over 4,000 teachers on a permanent basis next year
  • Also, the notification of the same will be issued in January, 2017, the varsity told the Delhi High Court
  • Moreover, at AAJ Tak Agenda 2016, the Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar while commenting on the appointment of professors on permanent basis said, “The meeting on appointment of teachers in Delhi University (DU) will be held soon”
  • Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court has been informed that the HRD Ministry held a high-level meeting between officials of the ministry, the University Grants Commission and the Delhi University.

“At the meeting, officials had “agreed” that the holding of regular selection process, in accordance with the rules and the norms laid down in this behalf, is not only an imperative but is also beneficial – both for the student community as well as the teachers themselves,” as reported in recent Indian Express report.

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Teachers can pick their preferred location based on their performances: Madhya Pradesh

Teachers can pick their preferred location based on their performances: Madhya Pradesh

Department official from Indore pointed out that the preferences opted by the teachers will be considered by the department based on their performances.

School teacher

School teacher

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In what comes as a respite for schools teachers in Madhya Pradesh, the education department will now consider teachers preferences of posting at preferred location.

It is now understood that over 2 lakh teachers in government-run schools across the state can select three locations for transfer which will be later considered by the department following the probable chances.

As of now, the education department is on a mission to launch online transfer procedure.

“The department, which is currently working launch online transfer procedure, will give the applicants an option of selecting three preferred locations for their transfer, said Vijay Shah, state cabinet minister for school education,” as reported by HT.

More on the news:

  • Department official from Indore pointed out that the preferences opted by the teachers will be considered by the department based on their performances
  • One official anonymously told HT that criteria might be set by department in enforcing the recent implementation
  • It is said that the state government will scan the performance of the teachers wherein they will be rewarded with their top preferred location
  • It is also been speculated that such measures will motivate the teachers to perform better, hence yielding result and improvement in education realm
  • Minister Vijay Shah pointed out that there are suggestions pouring in urging the ministry to contemplate reward policy while considering the transfer location preferences marked by the teachers
  • “We received a suggestion which said that we should consider their (teachers) performance as well for transfers. We have taken the suggestion but it is too early to say anything about it,” said the minister
  • The minister said the policy will be implemented by July next year
  • The minister however marked that the ministry and the department are focusing on starting the online transfer process as of now.
  • source”gsmarena”

NCTE recruitment bill for teachers passed: West Bengal

Under the new norms, eligibility for applying for classes six to eight is graduation with 50 per cent marks, for classes nine to ten, it is graduation/PG with 50 per cent marks, and for classes 11 and 12, it is PG with 50 per cent marks.

recruitment

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The West Bengal assembly on Thursday passed the recruitment of teachers under National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) norms in the primary, secondary and higher secondary standards.

Tabling the The West Bengal Schools (Control and Expenditure) (Amendment) Bill 2016 in the house, Higher Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said a dozen cases had been filed in the Calcutta High Court against the government for not adhering to the NCTE norms while recruiting school teachers.

A total of 72,000 vacancies needed to be filled in teacher’s posts across the state, Chatterjee said adding, “This Bill had been tabled to safeguard the future of the applicants who had appeared for the tests and interviews.”

New changes in teacher recruitment process

Under the new norms, eligibility for applying for classes six to eight is graduation with 50 per cent marks, for classes nine to ten, it is graduation/PG with 50 per cent marks, and for classes 11 and 12, it is PG with 50 per cent marks.

He said that the government had written to NCTE about the nomenclature of class five, regarding whether it fell within the primary or upper-primary section.

The CPI (M) and Congress members opposed the Bill and sought a division of votes.

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“If Bharat has to revive its former glory and become one of the first ranking nations, the way ahead is only through such an educational system which will train students to understand that the end of education is character,” says West Bengal Governor K N Tripathi.

In picture, West Bengal Governor K N Tripathi (Image source: India TV)

In picture, West Bengal Governor K N Tripathi (Image source: India TV)

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Emphasising the need for education to train students to understand that ‘the end of education is character’, West Bengal Governor K N Tripathi said, “If Bharat has to revive its former glory and become one of the first ranking nations, the way ahead is only through such an educational system which will train students to understand that the end of education is character.”

On Thursday, the Governor inaugurated the 7th All India conference for Principals of Bhavan’s Secondary and Senior Secondary Schools – 2016.

Views of West Bengal Governor

  • “Educational leaders have to train the children for the vicissitudes of life. Train them that physical science is objective and can’t lead to absolute truth but spiritual science or Brahma Vidya can lead to absolute truth,” the Governor said
  • “If the spiritual mortality of Bharat is destroyed, the world will sink into utter ruin,” the Governor observed
  • Calling upon the principals of all Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Schools to enshrine the cultural, ethical and moral values in the minds of students in their schools, he said that “a good faculty is the backbone of an institution.”
  • “It is the work of the principals to guide the faculty to train the children who are the assets of the nation to serve their motherland,” he added.
  • source”cnbc

NCTE recruitment bill for teachers passed: West Bengal

Under the new norms, eligibility for applying for classes six to eight is graduation with 50 per cent marks, for classes nine to ten, it is graduation/PG with 50 per cent marks, and for classes 11 and 12, it is PG with 50 per cent marks.

recruitment

recruitment

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  • School timings changed in Noida, Ghaziabad, Lucknow due to heavy winter

The West Bengal assembly on Thursday passed the recruitment of teachers under National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) norms in the primary, secondary and higher secondary standards.

Tabling the The West Bengal Schools (Control and Expenditure) (Amendment) Bill 2016 in the house, Higher Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said a dozen cases had been filed in the Calcutta High Court against the government for not adhering to the NCTE norms while recruiting school teachers.

A total of 72,000 vacancies needed to be filled in teacher’s posts across the state, Chatterjee said adding, “This Bill had been tabled to safeguard the future of the applicants who had appeared for the tests and interviews.”

New changes in teacher recruitment process

Under the new norms, eligibility for applying for classes six to eight is graduation with 50 per cent marks, for classes nine to ten, it is graduation/PG with 50 per cent marks, and for classes 11 and 12, it is PG with 50 per cent marks.

He said that the government had written to NCTE about the nomenclature of class five, regarding whether it fell within the primary or upper-primary section.

The CPI (M) and Congress members opposed the Bill and sought a division of votes

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Manish Sisodia vouches for freedom and autonomy of teachers

Manish Sisodia

Identifying the challenges faced by the teachers, Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia said that freedom of school principals and teachers are circumscribed within the curriculum and syllabus prescribed by the bureaucrats and ministers. He vouches for the freedom and autonomy of teachers so that they can utilised their best methods of teaching and meet the learning standards.

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“Teachers want to know if they are teachers or just instruments to transfer to the children what is prescribed in books by officers, ministers and experts. Principals ask if they are only agents to implement policies that are passed by higher-ups. They both need time and freedom to do quality work. Teachers are becoming slaves to curriculum and to teachers’ diaries and policies,” said the Education Minister at the Central Advisory Board for Education meeting.

“There was a time when teachers had freedom to teach the way they wanted. Now, they are as bound as they were free earlier,” added Sisodia.

Excerpts:

  • Speaking at the Central Advisory Board for Education (CABE) meeting, Manish Sisodia said, “We have to agree that as a nation, government schools are the ultimate solution for this country’s education needs. Private schools are makeshift arrangements that we have till proper infrastructure is ensured in government schools”
  • Although the Education Minister strongly advocated for the scrapping of the no-detention policy at the meeting, he pointed out that the grounds are not properly established to scrap the policy. “I am an advocate of the no-detention policy but as of today, I am against it as we have implemented it without preparing the ground for it. Teachers have not been trained according to the policy, curriculum has remained the same and teaching methods are still the same. We should remove it right now but should note that it has to be brought back in the future,” he said
  • The Education Minister also urged the HRD Ministry who attended the meeting on Tuesday to increase the education budget and to change its name into Education Ministry.
  • source”cnbc”

CBSE to ensure no non-teaching work for teachers in private schools

CBSE

Following the complaints lodged by the teachers association to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for performing non-academic work in private schools, the CBSE has decided to issue a circulation to around 16, 000 private affiliated schools. The 16,000 schools would summit the staff details of both the teaching and non-teaching staff before the CBSE.

In the complaint lodged by the teachers association, aggrieved teachers states that they were asked to perform the task of non-teaching staff such as collecting fees and school bus services besides other administrative duties.

Complaints:

  • Several individual teachers and teachers association complaint to CBSE that private schools asked the school teachers to perform non-teaching works in order to maintain low costs budget. Teachers were asked to perform clerical duties such as collecting fees and calling the parents and informing them regarding tuition fees and also performing school-bus duties
  • “We have been taking up this matter with the CBSE and it will be good if they ask private schools for details of teachers and administrative staff and the duties they perform,” said Sheik Shabbir Ali, president of Telangana Private Teachers Forum
  • Several individual teachers couldn’t even complaint to school authorities fearing loss of jobs. “Unlike government school teachers, private ones can’t even complain for the fear of losing their jobs ,” added Shabbir Ali
  • Some top schools in Delhi have been directed to share information regarding the details of non-teaching and teaching staff. Around 1, 200 schools will share information for that matter to CBSE
  • Teachers were asked to watch the school children during the lunch break time and perform administrative duties like filling up the forms
  • It is speculated that the introduction of continuous comprehensive evaluation (CCE) has increased their workload. . “There are over more than parameters under CCE and we have to give remarks for each activity for each student. Apart from that we are made to do other odd works which take a toll,” said one teacher from Uttar Pradesh
  • According to CBSE’s directions, private schools should maintain separate teaching staff, non-teaching staff and administrative staff. “By burdening them (teachers) with non-teaching work, we kill their creativity and education will suffer,” said CBSE official.
  • source”gsmarena”