Teachers to boycott training in winter vacations

Taking a confrontationist path, the powerful association of primary school teachers, the Prathmik Shikshak Sangh ( PSS) has decided to boycott in-service training of teachers organised by the education department during winter vacations. The State Council of Education Research and Training ( SCERT) has scheduled a ten-day block-wise training programme of teachers commencing from January 3, 2019. The teachers were opposing the training as it was being deliberately held during winter vacations starting from January 1.

The President of the PSS, Digvijay Singh Chauhan has shot off a letter to the director of Academic Research and Training Seema Jaunsari informing her about the decision of the association to boycott the training programme. He said that the PSS had made repeated requests to the department not to schedule trainings during the vacations as it creates problems for the teachers. Chauhan said that the primary teachers are already annoyed on SCERT as the special Basic Teacher Certificate (BTC) training imparted by it to them was later found to be not recognised by the National Council of Teacher Education ( NCTE) due to which the jobs of thousands of teachers are under threat. He added that the association wanted that the department should avoid holding training sessions during the vacations and even if it was organised during this period, the teachers should be provided compensatory leaves. The association also demanded that the department should not make the training compulsory. The members of the powerful association of teachers are also not happy by the language used by department officials while issuing orders.

The Additional Director SCERT, Ajay Kumar Naudiyal had dispatched letters to all district project officers of Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan on Wednesday in which he had said that the SCERT has made necessary preparation to start training on January 3 following which the department issued orders to teachers to attend the training compulsorily. It also threatened that the salaries of the absentee teachers would not be disbursed.

 Enraged at the order the teacher organisations even suggested that the government should cancel their winter and summer vacations and instead of it should provide the benefit of 30 earned leaves (EL), a year like other employees.

Meanwhile, a delegation of PSS led by President of the district unit Virendra Krishali met the education minister Arvind Pandey on Friday and requested that the training should not be organized during vacations. The minister heard the grievance of teachers and assured that appropriate action would soon be taken. Read more posts…

Saturday, 29 December 2018 | PNS | Dehradun

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