|Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi felicitates a teacher at Rabindra Bhawan in Guwahati on Thursday. Picture by UB Photos
Guwahati, Sept. 5: The Assam government has decided to set up an education accountability commission to prevent teachers from bunking classes.
Education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the commission — to be headed by three former vice- chancellors — would take punitive action against teachers who fail to complete courses on time. He said the commission would be set up next year as the government would dedicate 2014 as the year for students.
“A section of teachers are found loitering in government offices, state secretariat and other places for non-academic purposes. I have been trying hard to prevent entry of teachers in the education department offices when the schools are open. Some other teachers spend their days in doing works for political parties and indulge in unionism. Students are the worst sufferers because of such irresponsible behaviour of teachers,” Sarma said.
The minister, who was speaking at the government’s central function at Rabindra Bhawan to celebrate Teachers’ Day, said it is high time accountability was restored among teachers.
He said while there is no denying the fact that there are many sincere and dedicated teachers in the state, the government will be tough against those whose priority is not students’ welfare.
“Punitive actions are taken against doctors who do not serve patients sincerely and officers who do not address public grievances. Why should we spare the erring teachers? The proposed accountability commission will entertain complaints lodged by students and their parents against teachers who do not complete the courses in time. Showcause notices will be served to teachers to explain reasons for not being able to complete the courses. Fines will be imposed on guilty teachers,” Sarma said.
In case offences against teachers are of a very serious nature, the government could send them into voluntary retirement.
Sarma appealed to teachers to do self-introspection to find out causes responsible for the slide in the quality education in government schools. He said various innovative and revolutionary steps would be initiated in 2014 to bring about changes in the system of teaching and learning methodology.
Giving the state awards to teachers for their outstanding contributions towards ensuring quality education, chief minister Tarun Gogoi said to bring any positive changes in the society teachers would have to play a crucial role.
Speaking on the occasion, vice-chancellor of Dibrugarh University Alak Kumar Buragohain said everything is not well in the system of higher education in the state.
“Teaching simply cannot remain confined within the four walls of classrooms. But unfortunately, that is happening in many cases. Refinement in character and nature that we used to get through education is missing now. Such lack of refinement is evident in youth unrest, indiscipline and moral degradation of society. Textbooks cannot imbibe patriotism in students and that is where the role of teachers comes,” Buragohain said.
Teachers felicitated: As many as 148 retired teachers in Kokrajhar were felicitated. Sixteen in-service teachers were also felicitated for their good service.
Each of them was given a citation, a shawl, aronai and Rs 1,000 in cash. The education department, BTC, observed the day at Bodofa Cultural Complex at Chandmari in Kokrajhar.
Teachers’ Day was celebrated in schools and colleges of Kokrajhar district to mark birth anniversary of Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan through various programmes.