Press Esc to close
Tuesday 26 July 2016
News updated at 2:24 AM IST
Weather
Max: 27.6°C
Min : 20.4°C
In Bengaluru
Sunny day

Graft ails teachers' recruitment

Last updated: 09 October, 2009
Shruba Mukherjee, NEW DELHI, DHNS:

World Bank concerned over Ďsale of teaching postsí in India

Notwithstanding the governmentís tall claims about education reforms, the World Bank has observed that corruption in teachersí recruitment was a major factor responsible for the poor quality of teaching in the country.

In a recent report on the status of secondary education in India, the international body has expressed concern about practices like ‘sale of teaching posts’.

“Teacher candidates are frequently required to pay between Rs 1,00,000-2,00,000 in order to be selected, usually to the school headmaster,” the World Bank said, citing a study on financing of secondary education.

“In such a situation, the school headmaster is in a poor position to insist on greater teacher accountability, which reveals the weaknesses of unsupervised local hiring,” the world body said in a document titled ‘Secondary Education in India: Universalising Opportunity’.

According to the report, government secondary school teachers are civil servants enjoying the same rights and privileges as other state-level civil servants in terms of job security, pension and pay increases (de-linked from performance), which are implemented from time to time. The proposals for recruitment, placement and transfer of government teachers are often subjected to political interference, which further reduces accountability.

“Once hired, it is nearly impossible to fire a government teacher, who typically has strong support from teacher unions and has immediate recourse to the judicial system to oppose any administrative measures,” the report said.

“Indeed, literally tens of thousands of court cases involving teachers are pending across the country, which freeze the implementation of administrative measures, tie up the administrators’ time in courts and dissuade any future attempts to enforce teacher accountability,” it added. Even with respect to private aided schools, teacher accountability has progressively declined.

Identifying the factors responsible for the weakening of accountability in India’s education system, the World Bank said the growth of educational administration had not kept pace with that of the school system, particularly at the district and sub-district levels.

In many† states, education officers were skeletal and even sanctioned posts were unfulfilled for lack of qualified persons or because court cases were pending, the report said.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Legendary Santoor player Pandit Shivkumar Sharma being felicitated during an event...

Legendary Santoor player Pandit Shivkumar Sharma being felicitated during an event...

Members of the Indian archery team, the first to reach Brazil for the upcoming Olympics...

Members of the Indian archery team, the first to reach Brazil for the upcoming Olympics...

Kanwarias on their way to offer holy water to Lord Shiva on the occasion of holy month of Shravan...

Kanwarias on their way to offer holy water to Lord Shiva on the occasion of holy month of Shravan...

Actress Kajal Aggarwal receiving an award at 'Femina Power List South 2016'...

Actress Kajal Aggarwal receiving an award at 'Femina Power List South 2016'...

Coast Guard IG Rajan Bargotra briefing on the search operations of missing IAF AN-32 aircraft...

Coast Guard IG Rajan Bargotra briefing on the search operations of missing IAF AN-32 aircraft...

Mumbai crowned Premier Futsal champions in Mapusa...

Mumbai crowned Premier Futsal champions in Mapusa...

Chief of Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh paying homage to the martyrs of OP VIJAY...

Chief of Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh paying homage to the martyrs of OP VIJAY...

School studentsí celebrate Kargil Vijay Diwas in Jalandhar...

School studentsí celebrate Kargil Vijay Diwas in Jalandhar...

Forest officials patrolling in a boat on the flooded Kaziranga National Park on Monday...

Forest officials patrolling in a boat on the flooded Kaziranga National Park on Monday...

KSRTC buses were parked on following the State Transport Unions strike...

KSRTC buses were parked on following the State Transport Unions strike...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523