School teachers not to be given non-academic work: Javadekar

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NEW DELHI: The Centre has issued clear instructions to states to ensure that school teachers are not entrusted with non-academic works except the limited task during Census, elections and in case of any disaster, human resource minister Prakash Javadekar told the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.

The Upper House unanimously passed the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, which extends the deadline for teachers to acquire the required minimum qualification for appointment by two years from now. The amendments were earlier passed in the Lok Sabha. The amendment will help 11 lakh untrained teachers to complete training in two years and the government has prepared an elaborate plan to impart the training both online and off-line.

During the debate, opposition members including those from Samajwadi Party, DMK and Congress, raised the issue of how teachers are entrusted with more non-academic work and thereby impacting school education. BJP lawmaker Rupa Ganguly also said teachers and students should not be allowed to participate in any political rally. Trinamool Congress and DMK demanded education should be brought under “State List” from the present “Concurrent List” as it was the case before the Emergency.

Javadekar said the Centre’s advisory has been sent keeping in mind that works relating Census happen once in 10 years and election happens in every five years. The minister clarified that teachers will not be involved in the making of electoral rolls.

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