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    State’s primary teachers barely completed secondary education


    State’s primary teachers barely completed secondary education


    Ahmedabad, November 30 The next time you enroll your child to a new school, please make sure the teacher knows his alphabets.

    According to data released by the state’s education department in reply to a Right to Information (RTI) application filed by academician Deepak Patel, over 60 per cent of Ahmedabad’s primary school teachers have either studied till Class X, or have dropped out after the senior secondary level. Not only don’t they have any professional training to be teachers, most of them are not even graduates.

    Deepak Patel, the Secretary of Gujarat Private Teachers’ Association, filed the RTI application last year to find out the number of unqualified teachers in private, primary schools of Gujarat.

    The education department furnished information only for Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Surendranagar, Surat, Kheda, Bhavnagar, Sabarkantha, Jamnagar, Kutch, Anand and Bhuj.

    In Surat, 35 per cent teachers are not qualified, while the corresponding number for Kutch is 53 per cent. The story is the same in all districts. The teachers are also not paid adequate salaries.

    Some data is unbelievable. In Ashish Hindi Vidyalaya on Vastral Road, those who were born in the 1980s, have been appointed in the 90s. Their ages were barely 10 on the date of appointment.

    In other parts of India, one has to have a BEd or an MEd degree to teach. In Gujarat however, those with a Primary Teachers Certificate (PTC) are allowed to teach in primary schools. Despite this, over fifty per cent of teachers are not qualified.

    Vinod Pandya, Secretary of Gujarat Pradesh Talimi Snatak Samiti, said, “From our estimates, there are at least 15,000 PTC teachers and 30,000 BEd teachers who are unemployed in Gujarat at present. Schools prefer to employ unqualified teachers because they do not take school authorities to court for paying them less and not according to NCERT rules on salaries. This rule says that salaries of teachers should be according to the Fifth Pay Commission.”

    In the past, the Samiti has taken up complaints from qualified and underpaid teachers with the director of primary education, the minister of education and even the chief minister. Last year, the Gujarat High Court issued a notice to the state education secretary and director of primary education on why educated teachers are not getting jobs.

    Deepak Patel said, “The situation has gone from bad to worse because there is no inspection by the education department.”

    Hardik Vyas, who admitted his three-year-old niece to HB Kapadia New High School on CG Road today, paid Rs 21,000 as donation to the school.

    The money was taken for educational research fund, sports development fund, library fund, building fund, staff welfare fund and student welfare fund.

    “Despite the exorbitant fees they charge for admission, teachers still get a paltry sum,” Vyas said.


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    As reported by Paul John of TNN in timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 20 June 2009:
    He exposed the 'esteemed educators' - Ahmedabad - Cities - The Times of India

    He exposed the 'esteemed educators'

    AHMEDABAD: Everybody talks about the deteriorating quality of education, but Vinod Pandya decided to find out exactly where the rot was.

    Through applications filed under RTI he got out the math behind the primary education system in the state and found that 60 per cent of the 6,000 primary school teachers responsible for the foundation in education of 2.10 lakh children were not qualified. These teachers did not have a BEd degree or a simple Primary Teachers Certificates.

    Pandya moved a public interest litigation (PIL) in the High Court while submitting the RTI data, which led to the court taking a commitment from the education department that erring schools who employ unqualified teachers would not be spared. The department is yet to take action.

    Pandya has been after the issue since March 2006, since some were pulled up for employing non-qualified teachers. After shooting off an RTI application in issues related to the qualification of teachers, the salary they draw, whether they have their accounts in banks and even whether they had provident fund Pandya landed on a muck that primary education had turned into.

    Almost 90 per cent of the teachers were drawing a salary between Rs 500 and Rs 2,000. Some teachers were shown born in 1983 thus getting BEd degrees at the age of 12 years! These people were teaching class X students. In some schools, the principal was just a higher secondary school passs. Nearly 50 per cent teachers did not have accounts in banks, many did not have provident fund accounts. Who is responsible for this mess, asks Pandya.
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