R. Ravikanth Reddy

Senior teachers continue to question the very basis of enrolment by private schools

HYDERABAD: Anomalies in the registration of voters in private unaided schools have left teachers in the Government sector fuming and they feel the `unfair' method of registration will hit them in the Legislative Council polls.

The variance in the number of voters enrolled by private institutions and Government institutions is glaring and this can lead to the defeat of candidates nominated by the Government teacher organisations if private school teachers stay united. But senior teachers are questioning the very basis of enrolment by private schools.

For example, the teachers' constituency, comprising Mahabubnagar, Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy districts, has 1,556 private unaided schools while the number of Zilla Parishad and State Government schools is just 1,106. The number of voters in private unaided schools is 18,692 while in the Government sector it is 8,582. However, the number may cross 10,000, including teachers in colleges and universities.

A circular issued by the Government on November 2 clearly states that only teachers working in eligible educational institutions should be included in the rolls. The eligibility has to be decided on the posts sanctioned in those schools by the relevant authorities like the District Educational Officer or the Regional Joint Director, Higher Education.

Norms given a go-by?

But Government teachers claim that the authorities have followed no such norm.

"A majority of posts in private schools are not sanctioned and even in sanctioned posts there are no candidates with relevant professional qualification like a B.Ed degree or a TTC," says a senior teacher. A senior official of the Government acknowledges this.

The fault, teachers say, lies in the form supplied to the schools for enrolment of voters. It seeks to know whether a teacher has been working with them for three years in the last six years, which is one of the pre-requisites for eligibility. Some teachers claim that a lot of schools `buy' B.Ed certificates from eligible candidates who don't work with those schools.

Plan to move court

Private schools, according to Government teachers, have enrolled maximum number of teachers in the absence of a clear application form. They argue that when professors working on ad hoc basis in universities, contract lecturers in Government colleges and vidya volunteers are not eligible for voting, how can the Government allow unqualified teachers in private schools to vote.

If the rolls are not reviewed as per the Government orders, teachers may move the court seeking justice.