EDUCATION: CM warns schools

EDUCATION: CM warns schools – really necessary ?!! teaching the teachers ?!! need a balanced approach, spare the rod and spoil the child ?!!

From The Statesman

KOLKATA, 1 JULY, 2010 (SNS): The school education department is drawing up a set of rules to stop mental and corporal punishment of students,  a  statement issued in the state Assembly by chief minister, Mr Buddadeb Bhattacharjee stated today.

The CM’s statement comes in the wake of  the suicide of Rouvanjit Rawla, a student of  La Martiniere on 12 February by hanging himself.

Both mental and corporal punishment come in the way of natural development of the students, the CM stated. It should be ensured that the school’s environment does not evoke fear among the students.

However, some incidents occur which indicate that some of the  teachers do not give much importance to the matter, he stated.

The government has issued directives to school authorities and inspectors several times in this matter. SNS

Colleges asked not to axe part time teachers – and why have the temporary teachers in the Hills still not been regularized, takes more than a lifetime ?!!

From The Statesman

KOLKATA, 1 JULY, 2010 (SNS): The state higher education minister, Prof. Sudarshan Raichaudhuri today directed the college principals not to terminate the services of part-time teachers without notice.  A circular in this regard was issued by the department on 29 June.

Prof. Raichaudhuri and officials of the department today held a meeting with members of the All Bengal Principal’s Council (ABPC) and the Part-Time Teachers Association at Bikash Bhawan.

The minister said that the circular has been sent to all the colleges. He asked the general secretary of the ABPC, Prof. Anjan Sengupta, to inform the college principals about the circular.

While the part-time teachers spoke about the various ways in which they were being mistreated by the college authorities, the principals on the other hand informed about the difficulties that colleges face in paying the stipulated salaries to the part-time teachers.

The part-time teachers complained that they do not have job security and many of them were being terminated by the college authorities without any prior notice.

Prof. Raichaudhuri had reportedly assured the part-time teachers that the department was preparing a comprehensive proposal to regularise their jobs.
Welcoming the department’s move, Prof. Sengupta said the department should also consider securing the jobs of the contractual whole-time teachers. Colleges recruit contractual whole-time teachers as and when required but there is no fixed pay scale for these teachers.

After the meeting, Prof. Raichaudhuri said we have asked the college principals to intimate the Governing Body about the circular.

The part-time teachers have threatened to intensify their movement if the colleges ignored the circular.

Vocational course teachers demand more pay – with unprofessional attitudes and poor results – look at vocational teachers in Darjeeling who never show up from Siliguri ?!!

From The Statesman

KOLKATA, 1 JULY, 2010 (SNS): Teachers of vocational courses in the state have demanded salary hike. This comes after the department of technical education and training refused to regularise their jobs at the moment. The teachers at vocational training centres are appointed on a part-time and contractual basis.

They have been demanding regularisation of their jobs for quite some time now.

The All Bengal Vocational Teachers & Trainers’ Welfare Association, which held a demonstration at Technical Education Bhawan two days back, have threatened to intensify their movement in case the state government did not consider their charter of demands, which was already submitted to Mr Chakradhar Maikap, minister for technical education and training.

According to Mr Soumen Talukdar, joint secretary of the association, the vocational teachers in West Bengal are paid much less compared to their counterparts in Kerala, Delhi, Punjab and Andhra Pradesh. Not only are vocational teachers in the state paid much less, they aren’t even paid on time, he added.

In West Bengal, contractual teachers are paid a consolidated salary of Rs 6,000 while the part-time teachers are paid Rs 100 per class. In contrast, the pay scale of those in Kerala ranges anywhere between Rs 11,070 and 18,450 while in Delhi a teacher of vocational courses at the entry level is paid anything between Rs 8,000 and 13,500, said Mr Talukdar.

The members of the association further complained that the teachers have been given the task to check the drop-out rate and in case any vocational training centre does not have adequate number of students then the centre is to be closed down. Mr Maikap will meet members of the association next week to discuss their problems. SNS

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