The guest lecturers have opposed Katni district collector’s order to invite graduates and postgraduates to teach in schools that have no teachers.
Katni collector Shashi Bhushan Singh issued an order to principal of schools without teachers on October 16, asking them to invite graduate and postgraduates residing nearby to teach for free in their schools. The order said that volunteers will be given work experience certificates.
“As per information I obtained through RTI, more than 96,000 guest lecturers are sitting idle without work. Why these qualified and experienced teachers not invited to teach?” asked educationist Devendra Pratap Singh.
“Government keeps reiterating about quality education but how is it possible when there are schools without single teacher. When there is a rule that schools are granted recognition by MP education board, which can be withdrawn if they err. Then, why recognition of these schools is not being cancelled,” Singh added.
“It needs to be seen whether a district collector can take such a decision or whether school education department is the right authority,” state Shikshak Congress convener Ashutosh Pandey said.
“Guest lecturers were engaged by the school education department and are trained. If district authorities take such decisions on their own, what will school education department do?” Pandey said.
State Atithi Shikshak Sangharsh Morcha convener Devraj Singh said a delegation of teachers will meet school education minister and other authorities to register protest in the matter. “This order should be immediately taken back. If the trend of such voluntary services starts in the state, then quality education will remain a distant dream. Besides, it will create chaos in a well-established system,” Singh said.