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Teachers object to dept’s door-to-door admission proposal

Teachers object to dept’s door-to-door admission proposal


Tribune News Service

Amritsar, July 8

The Education Department has been asking all government schools in the state to conduct door-to-door admissions to increase enrollment in government schools. And like every year, the government school teachers have been objecting to the department putting pressure on teachers to increase enrollments. Voicing concern over this, the Democratic Teachers’ Front (DTF) Punjab, a body that represents government school teachers, has said that unnecessary pressure is being created on teachers after the schools have reopened post summer break.

President, DTF, Punjab, Vikram Dev Singh said, “The government should increase enrollment in schools by improving the standard of education and filling up vacancies so that students come on their own. During the summer vacations, Zoom meetings with school heads at the cluster/centre level were held and pressure to tackle the declining enrollments was applied. Teachers were asked to go door-to-door and motivate the students to take admission in government schools. Show-cause notices have also been issued to the school principals for declining enrollments in several districts,” he said, adding that such action will be strongly opposed.

Ashwani Awasthi, district unit head of DTF, Amritsar, said that due to the orders of the authorities to go door-to-door to increase admissions, there has been a decline in enrollment in government schools and respect for teachers over the past few years. “The main reason for this is the lack of continuous recruitment against thousands of vacant posts of teaching/non-teaching faculty in schools. Apart from this, teachers are largely being engaged in non-educational duties and lack of basic facilities has kept a large number of students from middle class and upper middle class away from government schools,” he said.

Government schools that are already struggling with a shortage of teachers due to vacancies have not been able to create a conducive educational atmosphere, impacting enrollments from the academic session 2024-25.

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