Punjab

Shifting teachers affected Punjabi teaching as well as educational services : Dr Cheema

January 18, 2018 07:12 PM

Punjab News Express
CHANDIGAH: The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today condemned the Congress government’s decision to shift teachers arbitrarily from Middle Schools, saying this would have a most adverse effect on education services in the State.

In a statement here, former minister and SAD spokesman Dr. Daljit Singh Cheema said the state government seemed to be playing with the future of poor students studying in the government schools with Punjabi and Hindi learning suffering the most.

Giving details of how the education department had issued a letter by its district education officers in which the schools heads had been directed to shift their surplus staff to the schools facing staff crunch, the SAD leader said that though the department has used the word ‘surplus’, but the schools that were asked to shift their teachers only had the required strength of 6 teachers. "Teachers of Science, Social Studies, Punjabi, Hindi, Arts and Craft and PTI are required in every school. If any teacher is shifted among them, there will be no alternate to teach his/her subject in that school", he added.

Dr. Cheema said around 58 such teachers who had been shifting from middle schools in district Sangrur included teachers of various subjects including Punjabi (11), Hindi (10) Arts and craft (17), PTI (14 and Social Studies (4). He said there were no teachers left in 11 Government Middle schools to teach the students their mother tongue Punjabi.

Asking the education department to stop experimenting with the future of students, Dr. Cheema said the government should hire new teachers immediately to address the problem of staff crunch in government schools. He said the government must hire teachers for Punjabi, Hindi and other important subjects in the first place, and then it should think about implementation of English medium project in government schools.

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