Government hopes to extend the programme to class 4
The ambitious “Nali Kali” programme of the Education Department, which the government hopes to extend till Standard 4, got thumbs down from the teachers' fraternity at the International Working Women's Day celebrations organised by the Karnataka State Primary School Teachers' Association here on Thursday.
When Primary and Secondary Education Minister Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri, who inaugurated the programme, asked the packed audience if they were happy with the “Nali Kali” project, everybody said, in unison, that they were not.
Somewhat taken aback with the response, the Minister asked if they would be happy if an additional teacher was given to primary schools to handle Standards 3 and 4, and again, the teachers said “no” in unison.
The teachers are of the opinion that while the “Nali Kali” mode of teaching, which is activity-based and does not use textbooks, works for Standards 1 and 2, it does not work for higher classes. The State government has extended it till Standard 3 and wants to introduce it for Standard 4 as well. One of the several demands put forward by the association to the Minister was restricting the “Nali Kali” method of teaching to Standards 1 and 2.
Quickly changing the subject, Mr. Kageri spoke of the contribution of women, who constitute up to 70 per cent of the teaching fraternity, towards educational advances achieved by the State. He said that women added a “motherly dimension” to teaching. He added that higher officials who “harassed” women teachers will not be spared.
Minister for Energy, Food and Civil Supplies Shobha Karandlaje appealed to the teachers to, besides fighting for their rights, be unsparing towards people of their own fraternity who indulge in sexually harassing young girls. Such teachers, she said, were a “black dot” on the teaching community. The teachers association should speak against such people, she added.