August 5, 2003, Chandigarh, India
coaching more at home than school
host Science Congress after three decades
coaching more at home than school
In violation of the rules laid down by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), a number of teachers employed in private schools are conducting tuitions at home or running full-fledged academies.
Neither school principals nor teachers are sure if they are flouting rules and if there is a rule, whether or not it applies to both regular teachers and those on contract.
Students of Gian Jyoti Public School, SAS Nagar say many Class XI and XII science teachers are teaching at home. One of the teachers is allegedly teaching physics in the school and taking physics and mathematics classes at his residence in Phase IV.
When contacted, he admitted to coaching at home. He argued there was no rule that barred a private schoolteacher on contract from taking tuitions.
‘‘Since I have so many of my students in the tuition class, I do not prepare their question papers. Moreover, I provide the school with a list of school students whom I teach at home.’’ he said.
A B. Tech from Thapar Engineering College, he does not see any wrong in teaching his students at home.
The students also named a woman teacher of the school who taught chemistry in the evening at Rahul Tutorials, an academy in Phase 3B2. Her husband, who runs the academy, says while there can be a rule banning regular teachers from teaching at home, ‘‘they can take classes in private academies. She is doing nothing wrong. Also, she does not have many students from her school.’’
The school Principal says she is unaware that her schoolteachers are teaching in private academies.
Highlighting the root cause of the problem, she says ‘‘We have parents coming to us asking for our school teachers’ home addresses so that they can get in touch with them for tuitions. We discourage them but if two or three students manage to contact them and the teacher is on contract, there is nothing we can do.’’
Says another school principal: "Teachers employed on contract are not bound by any rules and are free to do anything after school hours".
The problem is rampant in Chandigarh, Ludhiana and Jalandhar, which have become coaching centres for various medical and non-medical entrance tests. With the Government deciding to shift all plus one and two teaching from colleges to schools, the problem is expected to aggravate.
Since private schools are not dependent on government support, most of them also do not follow any of the regulatory rules laid down by the Education Department.
Free to employ teachers on contract, the school principals are getting away saying that they cannot stop contractual employees from taking tuitions at home.
As a result, these schools are becoming markets for science teachers.
The question then arises is that should teachers on contract be allowed to take tuitions at home, specially when invariably their first set of students are their own students in school?
At the same time there is a need to see if parents of students of Classes XI and XII pushing their children to get tuitions from schoolteachers to ensure that they secure good marks in the annual examinations.
Most principals complain that parents approach them on a routine basis asking to give them a list of coaching centres where they can send their wards.
PU to host
Science Congress after three decades
After more than three decades, Panjab University will be hosting the prestigious Indian Science Congress from January 3 to January 7, 2004.
The 91st session of the Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA) will be inaugurated by Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Prime Minister. Mrs Indira Gandhi, had inaugurated the last congress on the campus in 1972.
According to Prof K.N. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor of the host university and Chief patron of the Congress, at least 5000 scientists from various parts of the country and abroad were expected to participate.
"Science and society in the 21st century— quest for excellence" is the theme of the Congress.
The function is to be co-organised by the local Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH). The university expects a financial aid of Rs 5.7 crore for upgrading infrastructural facilities for the show. This will be beneficial to the university in the long run.
The association is headed by Prof Asis Dutta, a former Vice-Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University, who took over from Prof M Kastirirangan, chairman of the Space Commission. Among the participants will be leading lights from the medical and science world.
The university in the past couple of years has been a host to top-level academic functions such as the meeting of the Indian Academy of Sciences and the All-India Conference of Vice-Chancellors organised by the Association of Indian Universities.
The congress sessions have been divided into 14 sections. These include: agriculture and forestry, animal, veterinary and fisheries, anthropology, chemical engineering, environmental, information communication and technology, mathematics, medical, new biology, physical and plant. Each session will be handled by different science departments on the campus.
Guest lectures and symposia will be hosted by local institutions, including the IMTECH.
The university will have to make elaborate bookings in local hotels well in advance to cater to more than 5,000 guests. All hostels on the campus will be vacated for the function.
A letter of the Vice-Chancellor addressed to his colleagues says: realising full well the all-round fast changes taking place in the world scenario, the committee has drawn up a comprehensive programme, rich in content, for the annual congress.
The congress is an important forum
for interaction among scientists, technologists and intelligentsia of
the country on crucial contemporary matters facing the country and the
society as a whole with particular reference to the focal theme —
"Science and Society in the 21st Century: Quest for
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