State Home Minister lends ear to school 'Home Minister'

State Home Minister lends ear to school 'Home Minister'

In an interesting incident, the Home Minister received an SMS from a ‘Home Minister’. This took place when Divith Shetty, who is the ‘Home Minister’ in the Government Model Higher Primary School cabinet in Haradi in Puttur taluk, sent an SMS to the Home Minister Dr G Parameshwar on Tuesday. The SMS highlighted the problem of transfer of teachers in the school.  The Department of Public Instruction had identified four ‘excess’ teachers in the school.

‘Excess teachers’
According to the recent government order, lower primary schools with less than 10 students can have only one teacher. A school with less than 60 children can have two teachers. All the additional teachers have to deployed to other schools. Haradi school with 432 children and 15 teachers, thus has four ‘excess’ teachers.

The SMS by Divith Shetty to the Home Minister read: “I am the ‘Home Minister’ of Haradi School and would like to speak to you for five minutes.” The minister responded to the SMS by the class VIII student and listening to his grievances for five minutes. He promised the student to bring the issue to the notice of the Minister for Primary and Secondary Education Tanveer Sait.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Home Minister sent an SMS to Shetty’s mother which read: “I have spoken to Minister Tanveer Sait  who in turn has promised to solve the problem.”
 
The members of the School Development and Monitoring Committee (SDMC), parents and students had laid siege of the office of the Block Education Officer (BEO) to cancel the transfer of teachers for deployment in other schools. However, the BEO was firm on the transfer and insisted that he was implementing a government order. 

Protest by parents
The Haradi School SDMC members and parents alleged that the school has done injustice by the transfer of teachers.

They did not send their wards to the school on Wednesday. They demanded the authorities not to transfer the teachers.

MLA Shakunthala Shetty visited the protesting parents and promised them not to transfer teachers from the school. After her assurance, the parents promised to send their children to school from Thursday.

SDMC President Mahesh Naik said “We will wait till July 30. We will decide on the future course of action if the problem is not solved.”
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