'Guruspandana' comes as a relief to teachers

 ‘Guruspandana,’ a model programme implemented by Mangalore North Block Education Office has come as a Teachers’ Day gift to the government school teachers this year, as the programme provides them direct access to their service registers.

Mangalore North BEO Lokesh C told Deccan Herald that the programme which was introduced in Belthangadi during his tenure there, is now being continued in Mangalore as well.

The highlight of the programme is that the service register itself is taken to the place of teachers so that they may refer to them directly, to be informed of their promotions, increments, transfers etc.

An orientation will be provided to the teachers prior to the Guruspandana programme to make them familiar with the methods of referring to the service register details.

Various centres

The entire block is divided into 15 clusters, covering teachers from 317 schools in the block. A school will be identified as the centre for each five clusters, which will include the neighboring schools.

The teachers falling in the cluster may go to the centre on the scheduled date. The day will be divided into two sessions, so that 50 per cent of teachers will attend the morning session and remaining in the afternoon session, i.e, 150 teachers during a day.

In the academic year 2013-14, Guruspandana has been successfully carried out in four centres, Surathkal, Mannagudda, Mulki and Gandhinagar, covering 5 clusters each and benefiting 500 teachers so far.

On spot rectification

The BEO further told that a team comprising six to seven members is constituted to rectify the problems in the service register at the spot, along with clearing the pending files, if any.

The programme caters to the need of Government school teahers, Training Graduate Teachers (TGTs), Cluster Resource Teachers (CRTs) and also SSA teachers and a separate cluster is devoted to TGT, CRP and BRP teachers, BEO Lokesh added.

Manampadi Government Higher Primary School Headmistress Vasanti, who had participated in the Gurupspandana programme in Mulki Government PU College centre, told that the programme has benefited the teachers in large as the centre is near unlike in the previous years when the teacher had to gather the service register details by approaching the respective block education office and without a chance for direct scrutiny.

Many a times, the teachers had to skip classes or had to rush to the Block Education Office on Saturday afternoons. But, now with the ‘Guruspandana’ programme, the teachers have found relief from administrative hazels and the errors in the service register are rectified soon, she felt.

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