UP CM cracks whip on absentee school teachers
Lucknow, May 1 (IANS): In a bid to improve the quality of education and check truant teachers, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath wants images of faculty members pasted on walls of state-run schools.
This will be done to verify and then cross-check from the students whether those whose pictures are displayed attend schools regularly and teach or not.
Adityanath took the decision at a meeting in Gorakhpur late on Sunday.
The Chief Minister said he was worried over the falling standards in the primary and junior high schools in the sprawling state. He said officials would conduct surprise inspections and review in these schools. Students would be queried on the regularity of their teachers.
He said some teachers use proxies to teach while they themselves draw hefty salaries without doing any work. This would no longer be tolerated, Adityanath told officials. A senior teacher here admitted that the very fact that the Chief Minister had to resort to such a mechanism exposed the rot that has systematically eaten up the education system over the years.
Some feel that many of them are not qualified and have secured the job through “connections” or by paying bribes. Mass copying during exams has also eaten up the system, rues teacher Anamika Singh, who says the government was apparently left with no option but to get tough.