JKTJAC resents ‘unjustified’ rationalization of teachers

Excelsior Correspondent

UDHAMPUR, Sept 30: An emergency meeting of Jammu Kashmir Teachers’ Joint Action Committee (JKTJAC) was held here today under the leadership of UT President Vinod Sharma for registering its resentment against `unjustified’ rationalization of teachers.
The meet observed that the Pupil Teacher Ratio (PTR) being adopted by the department was not for the welfare of thousands of poor children studying in the Government schools.
Vinod Sharma said that the department was using the PTR 1:15 without considering the minimum number of teachers in the primary and middle schools which he said will adversely affect the studies of the poor students. He said that one teacher in primary schools always remains busy in proper serving of MDM, daily activities as allotted by the department and preparation of different sorts of daily daks and same is the case in middle schools where almost two teachers remain busy in such activities.
“How can a single teacher in primary school do these non teaching assignments and spare time to teach even 10 students? How three or four teachers will handle nine classes including pre primary besides doing all sorts of non teaching assignments including BLO ditties, survey duties and other mentioned above? Isn’t this a joke with the future of poor students studying in the Government schools?” he asked.
Vinod Sharma said adding that on the one hand the department calls teachers appointed under ReT Scheme as school specific teachers and denies their transfer but on the other hand deputing them to other zones on the name of Rationalization which is clear cut harassment and will never be tolerated at any cost.
Stating that disturbing the schools on the name of Rationalization in the mid secession will have a negative impact on the studies, he demanded minimum two teachers for each primary school and third teacher at the ratio of 1:15 and similarly minimum 5 teachers for each middle school and the other teachers at the ratio of 1:15.
He appealed Principal Secretary School Education, Director School Education Jammu, District Development Commissioner Udhampur and Chief Education Officer Udhampur to personally intervene in the matter and save the future of the students.
Those who attended the meeting, included Lekh Raj Parihar, Sham Sharma, Ashok Seth, Bhushan Khajuria, Shamsher Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Madan Lal, Mohd Mustafa, Manoj Sharma, Sham Singh and others.