‘Go slow’ policy in tackling issues of prime importance
The pro-Congress Government School Teachers’ Union has taken a critical view of the general functioning of the Education Department, which, according to them, has taken a ‘go slow’ policy in tackling issues of prime importance.
In the report adopted by the union for the 22nd State conference, they said most of the sections in the Education Department remained ‘headless’ and was run by ‘in-charges. “This has resulted in a situation where personal interests of certain persons were served at the cost of the public interest,” it said. The union has also taken a serious view of the move to accord ‘aided’ status to 33 schools started in the State under Area Intensive Programme for Educationally Backward Communities. Instead, the government should take over these schools started with Central funding, it said.
The report alleged that the Education Department has not given adequate attention to the proposed implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act in the State.
The implementation of the Act involved even structural changes that had to be handled carefully. Moreover, to ensure continued inflow of Central funds for the education sector in the State, the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) had to be implemented with dynamism. The SSA was being implemented with the funding under the RTE and as such the RTE should be implemented without delay, the report said.
The report also called for steps to ensure effective utilisation of the funds being distributed to the government schools under the RMSA. In a direct attack on the IUML, the union said the intrusive attitude of the party that holds the portfolio has resulted in the slowing down of its functioning.
The union also called upon the authorities to desist from the decision to depute aided school teachers to the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) as “it would result in corruption.”