SSA panel for shuffling of education blocks

 The issue was tabled in the meeting and it was proposed that the three blocks namely Mangalore North, South and Moodbidri would be reshuffled as the committee members strongly felt that the current division is not an updated one.

Among several issues that were discussed in the meeting, included the one raised by ZP Member M S Mohammad. The issue was pertaining to the vacant posts of teachers in the schools. Mohammad urged that though as per the rule every school must have two teachers, in many schools, one post is lying vacant and only one teacher is made to work.

Teachers’ owes

Karnataka State Primary School Teachers Association President K Shivashankar Bhat in the memorandum submitted to the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyana Committee demanded to change the schedule of 14 days residential teachers training camp. He said, “though the teachers from Dakshina Kannada district hold the credit of participating actively in residential camp, it has been difficult, especially for women, who have to take care of their family members. Taking it into consideration, the teachers should be made to return back home by evening,” he requested

He also said that the government’s order issued to the teachers to open their bank accounts in State Bank of Mysore, has been causing problem to the teachers as the rural areas do not have the bank branch, hence the teachers are forced to travel to taluk headquarters.

Responding to a query on the vacant posts in the schools, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyana Deputy Project Officer Shivprakash said that once the RTE Act introduced in the State, all the vacant posts will have to be filled within 90 days, without giving any scope for the delay.

Earlier, Zilla Panchayat CEO Dr K N Vijay Prakash requested District-in-Charge Minister Krishna J Palemar to fill 62 vacant posts in primary schools and 39 posts in high schools. “The Zilla Panchayat has received only 50 per cent from the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) and once the rest 50 percent of the fund is released. It would be possible to complete the pending work and take up the new work in schools,” he said.In reply to a question raised by MLA Abhayachandra Jain about the lack of furniture in the schools, SSA Officer Shivprakash said that as the fund released this year is used for the construction of school buildings, the government may release an extra fund for furniture and compound construction in the schools the next year.

MLC Ganesh Karnik came up with a proposal regarding the re-distribution of schools. He said, “the villages with five to six government schools should be identified. In contrary to the present situation where the schools lack quality infrastructure, a system should be brought in where the best facilities should be provided to the selected two to three schools in an area and the rest of the schools should be closed down.”District-in-Charge Minister Krishna Palemar inaugurated the programme.

DK among top 20 districts

-DK has received Rs 31.11 crore grant under SSA for the year 2011-12
- Joint Review Mission constituted by the Central government has recognised DK among top 20 districts to implement SSA effectively.
-The government has sanctioned a residential school for the children from beggars’ families, orphans etc

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