Mess in education: School teachers blame minister


Staff member
Jalandhar July 13:

Blaming Education Minister Upinderjit Kaur for the mess in school, college and university education in the state, Manohar Lal Chopra, Adviser, Punjab Government-aided Recognised School Teachers and Other Employees Union, has urged Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to entrust the charge of the Education Ministry to a young person to revive the education system in the state.

Chopra said Dr Upinderjit Kaur had failed to provide leadership to the teachers to improve the standard of education. “We feel she is not interested in improving the education system and has been negating the effort of Badal to improve the system. She is not aware of ground realities in the education sector,” said Chopra. She even did not like to meet teachers, he added.

“Our organisation held two meetings with her in the past two years and four months. And it took six months to issue proceedings of these meetings. Even after the issuance of the proceedings, no demand had been implemented,” said Chopra. On the shabby treatment to government-aided recognised schools, being the backbone of the education system in urban areas, by the Education Department, Chopra said for six years the government authorities had not allowed the aided schools to fill any of the 3,000 posts of teacher out of the sanctioned 9,600 posts.

And no increase in the posts of teacher had been allowed since late 1960s when the government had started giving 95 per cent aid to these schools though the number of students had increased manifold. There were 404 high and senior secondary and 80 primary government aided schools in the state. Ninety per cent of these schools were without principals and headmasters.

In fact, Chopra said the government schools were a recent phenomenon, whereas earlier only aided schools used to impart education in urban areas. There were 34 aided schools in Amritsar, 22 in Ludhiana, 36 in Jalandhar, 12 in Patiala, six at Bathinda, 12 at Moga and four at Faridkot. Whereas there were seven aided schools in Ropar, the number of government schools was only two and in Kharar there were seven aided schools and three government schools and in Nawanshahr six aided schools and two government schools.

From the number of aided schools in these cities, Chopra said one could know which institutions had been providing education in urban areas. “Why was the government creating conditions to make these schools closed when academic performance of these schools was quite well,” said Chopra. There had been no increase in the grant, which is Rs 100 crore, to these schools for six years. Salary to teaching and other staff was given after delay of several months.