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Horatti says they have been asked to report back to parent department

Use of teachers for other work affects school functioning: Minister `No decision taken on introduction of English from first standard in government primary schools' Horrati refutes reports about textbook shortage

GULBARGA: Basavaraj Horatti, Minister for Primary and Secondary Education, has said that the Government has cancelled the orders of teachers and the staff of Education Department on deputation to other departments and all such staff have been asked to report back to their parent department.

Talking to presspersons here on Saturday, Mr. Horatti said that there were 1,400 staff and teachers of the Education Department on deputation to other departments. He said the Government was also considering regulating the use of Education Department staff and teachers for other work, including Census and election duties.

He said the large-scale use of teachers for other work affected the normal functioning of schools. A decision on regulating the use of teachers for other works would be taken at a high level meeting convened by him on July 15 in Bangalore. Referring to the demand for introduction of English as a subject from first standard in government primary schools, Mr. Horatti said the Government had not taken a final decision on the issue, and there was no proposal to introduce English from this academic year in government Schools. The issue was sensitive; while one section wanted the introduction of English from first standard, another section opposed it.

On the large number of illegal English medium schools in the State, he said according to a survey there were 3,015 schools that had obtained permission to being run as Kannada medium schools but were actually operating as English medium schools. The Government had decided to constitute high-level teams that would visit such schools before initiating action.

Mr. Horatti refuted reports appearing in the press about the shortage of textbooks in schools.

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