Concerned over the poor performance of school students in the board examination, the Rajasthan government has decided to link the transfer of school teachers to the performance of the students.
Government school teachers looking for better posting will now have to ensure good grades for students under them. The government will re-jig the department, transferring teachers and principals of all the government schools before implementing the new system.
“To get good results you need to do some thing different. This is an out-of-the-box idea and teachers and principals will also have to prove themselves for getting the transfer at the desired locations. Not only would it reduce corruption in transfers but there will be consistency in the performance of teachers,” said a senior official of the state education department.
Sources in the department informed that Minister of Education Kali Charan Saraf had approved the proposal. The department has sought data of schools from Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education (RBSE) where the pass percentage has been lower than 50 per cent and action against non-performing principals and teachers will be taken soon, said sources.
District education officers are preparing a report on the performance of schools in their respective districts. Sources informed that RBSE has been asked to send the data on students. Once prepared, the report of schools with less than 50 per cent result will be handed over to the education minister and then postings will be given to principals based on the report card of the students.
“For the last several years performance of the students is constantly going down. All motivational techniques have been used but results have been dissatisfactory,” said a senior official. The initiative is expected to improve the quality of education in schools and it will fix the responsibility on teachers and principals and hold them accountable for failing to discharge their duties properly.
Many government schools in Jaipur managed to give only 17 per cent while in rural areas none of the students managed to pass the Senior Secondary School examination.
Meanwhile the association of teachers in Rajasthan has strongly opposed the initiative saying that government should provide basic facilities in schools.
“Such measures are impractical. If a student doesn’t come to school teachers cannot force him to study. In several remote areas, primary schools do not have the buildings and teachers take class under trees.
So when the foundation of a student is not sound what to expect in high classes,” said Sita Ram Mishra, a member of the teachers association.