Approximately 5000 teachers will be affected
By Harish K Monga
FEROZEPUR : Because of poor financial conditions of the Punjab Government, the rationalization policy of the Punjab Govt. is likely to affect thousands of teachers in Punjab, to adjust the surplus teachers in the schools where there is a requirement, said Hans Raj spokesperson of Education Reforms Committee, Punjab.
In fact, the rationalization exercise is undertaken every year to adjust the surplus teachers in the schools where the posts are vacant but this policy had always been a flop-show but this time the rationalization policy is going to affect about 5000 teachers.
As per the sources, in all the 22 districts of Punjab, 5000 teachers and lectures have been declared as surplus according to student-teacher ratio and to adjust these surplus teachers by the different departmental committees, the data is being entered into the computers to give the rationalization policy a practical shape.
Accordingly to rationalization policy, in secondary schools the ratio of student-teacher fixed for 6h to 8thclass is 1:35, for 9th and 10th Class 1:40 and Ten plus one and Ten plus two classes, it is 1:50 and in this ratio there could be ten per cent plus or minus.
According to new policy for period distribution, lecturers have been give 34 periods, masters/mistress and C&V cadre as 36 periods. On the basis of these norms, the surplus staff is being rationalized as there is a mess in the schools in urban while the schools in rural areas are short of teachers and lecturers.
According to the sources, the teachers engaged under SSA, RSMA and 7654 under central government schemes and teachers engaged on consolidated pay by the Punjab government, they have been victimized in abundance under the rationalization policy. However, there is a condition in the policy that the teachers working against the demand posts after 30 Sept 2011, are first to be considered for transfer but the department is adamant to first transfer 7654 and SSA teachers.
Hans Raj, spokesman of the Education Reforms Committee members while sharing with the media said that every year the rationalization policy is formed but the primary schools with only ten students are neither closed nor the schools with 20-25 students are kept in mind while upgrading the primary schools to middle schools. Similar is the position of High schools upgraded under RSMA scheme and Secondary Schools upgraded under Nabard scheme. Where the students are less and teachers are excess, the education department is helpless before the administration and political pressures.
This time, the Education Minister has decided to charge sheet the teachers whose class results are less than 10 per cent and repeating the commitment of transferring them but such decisions do not have any impact on the administration and politically influential teachers fleet posted near Mohali, Ropar, Panchkula and Chandigarh.
The spokesperson of the members of the Education Reforms Committee said, “Now it is to be seen as to whether the rationalization policy is implemented with transparency or the whole burden is put on poor teachers having no political links.”