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Teachers transfer to District Institute of Educational Training draws flak

Teachers transfer to District Institute  of Educational Training draws flak


Tribune News Service

Amritsar, July 10

Government teachers have strongly opposed the Education Department’s move to transfer lecturers from various government senior secondary schools to District Institute of Educational Training (DIETs). Started under the Central Government scheme, DIETs impart training in upgraded pedagogies and learning methods to elementary/primary teachers.

In a statement, the Democratic Teachers’ Front (DTF) Punjab stated that transfer of 14 teachers without their consent at six DIETs in the state was unjustified.

“The DIETs, which the state government now wants to revamp as Centres of Excellence, have been facing staff crunch and are yet to be upgraded since the past many years. Instead of filling vacancies in these institutes through fresh recruitments, transferring teachers from senior secondary schools would lead to staff crunch in government institutions and hit student learning,” said Vikram Dev Singh, DTF state president.

The teachers, who were transferred, shared that government schools were already facing staff crunch, which would put pressure on education. “We were not intimated about our transfers and only came to know about it after our relieving orders were endorsed by the District Education officer,” shared one of the six lecturers from Amritsar, who was transferred to DIET, Verka. He said no application for the post of mentors at DIET were invited according to rules and no teacher was involved before taking decision in this regard.

In the past, the issue of staff shortage in DIETs was raised by the teachers front. Last year, the state government transferred teachers on a large scale to resolve the issue.

Dr Sukhdev Singh, Principal, DIET, Verka, said they were working with a teaching staff of four and one clerk over the past several years. “We have been facing shortage of teachers. Our student strength is close to 300. We have BEd students who are being trained by four mentors. We arranged more mentors through deputation to sustain our training programme. Now, with six new mentors, we can ease the pressure on teaching,” he shared.

One of the reasons, he said, behind most lecturers not willing to work in DIETs, was the working hours and functioning of these institutes. “Our working hours stretch from nine to five. Our salaries and wages are decided according to the Central government rules,” he said.

Teachers, however, said salaries of staff in these institutes were delayed due to fund crunch. DIETs receive grants from the Central Government. These are specialised training institutes for teachers, which focus on upgrading teaching methods and learning pedagogies. Over the years, due to a large number of vacant posts in schools and DIETs across Punjab, these institutes seem to have lost their purpose.

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