On Thursday, HRD Ram Shankar Katheria, Union minister of
state (MoS) in Ahmedabad said that in order to improve the quality of education, centre is trying to relieve government schoolteachers from non-academic
assignments such as election duty etc.
Teachers being occupied in non-academic work hampers the
education provided to children so, according to Katheria, discussions are going
on to find solutions to it.
Katheria further added that non academic work given to
teachers includes election and census data collection duties. They might also
be given assignments for implementing various schemes. The government is
looking into this issue and constantly working to find a solution to it. He
said this at the 19th Nirma International Conference on Management held at
Government wanted to ensure that main focus of teachers is
imparting education, katheria suggested at the conference.
A directive was issued from Supreme Court in this regard
i.e. teachers shouldn't be assigned other tasks during their working hours such
as collecting data. Also, there has been a debate over this that whether
teachers should be assigned these tasks or not.
Not only court, various teachers' associations as well as
schools across India have been constantly opposing this practice as this simply
put the future of students at risk as teachers are busy in non-academic tasks.
Katheria while interacting with the media talked about
government's role in it. He said that they too do not want teachers to be
assigned duties affecting the education of children and are constantly working