A: I have completed one year tenure and during this period with the active support of Advisor and Education Secretary, I made sure to provide the best education facilities to each child. Starting of smart classrooms, e-pathshala, opening of school playgrounds for neighbourhood children, inspecting the schools to check the ongoing education phenomena are few of the measures that I have taken to bring in some improvement. A
committee has been formed to look into the issues related to schools. A recommendation for provision of transport facilities for students has also been given to reduce the rush of students to certain schools.
Q: What do you have to say about the sorry state of affairs at the schools located in periphery areas?
A: During the last one year, the department has inaugurated five schools
First of its kind child tracking to be launched by September 15
The Education Department is all set to launch a unique, tracking system which will have the data of about 2.50 lakh students from Chandigarh. The system will have the entire details of each child, from his name, residence, school in which he took admission and what is his present location. The tracking by education department will be done till the child enters college life. With the launch of this system, Chandigarh will become the first city to have such kind of system.
Director of School Education (DSE) Rubinderjit Singh Brar talks about the initiatives being taken by the UT Education Department to address the issues related to improvement of infrastructure in city government schools, in an interview with DailyPost SENIOR CORRESPONDENT Himani Bahuguna. But there are a lot of infrastructural challenges that the schools are facing – shortage of classrooms, playground spaces,
mid-day meal kitchens and others.
in city’s periphery areas and there will be more in future. So we are definitely working on the improvement of the peripheral areas schools, both in the terms of education quality and infrastructure. Four new schools will be inaugurated this month in Sectors 48, 49 and two in Manimajra.
Q: Many times the issues of absenteeism and teachers coming late to the schools have made the headlines. Any plans to improve that?
A: I don’t think any teacher working in our school comes late. However, aadhaar-based biometric attendance system has already been introduced in about 25 schools. It’s a web-based system, which will give a complete transparency about the working time of every teacher. While, recently I have also started surprise visits in many schools. During my visit I do take one hour class and also try getting a feedback from students.
Q: Seeking details of any teacher is still an uphill task for any city resident? Are you planning to do anything on these lines?
A: We have prepared a data of all 5,000 teachers working in both model and non-model schools, and the data has already been made available on the department’s official website. The accessibility of which is being made available for everyone.
Q: Any comment on the much talked deputation issue?
A: We have already started taking up some important steps to deal with the deputation issue. To start with, for the first time I have asked the department people to prepare a data of the teachers who have overstayed in various schools. Nothing can be done overnight, once I will have proper data of the teachers who have exceeded more than seven years in a UT, the detail will be submitted to the competent authority in Chandigarh administration for further orders.
Q: Any step taken to ensure the right procedure being followed for promoting the teachers?
A: The department is in the process of amending the recruitment rules for bringing in the transparency in teachers promotion. Earlier a lot of confusion used to occur when the department had to prepare the promotion list on seniority basis.
Q: Any update in the fee mechanism policy?
A: It will be implemented in two or three months. It is under discussion with the office of LR.
Q: Why most of the time teachers union remain dissatisfied by you?
A: No, I don’t think it’s true. See this is a department where the complaints and grievances of people are endless. But I always make sure that I listen to each and every problem, whether presented by any union, or by any layman. I do all that can be done on my behalf. I don’t have a magic wand to satisfy everyone.
Q: Despite having good teachers, meritorious students, private schools have upper hand over government ones. What’s your say on this?
A: I don’t agree with this. Our schools are no less than private ones. Look at the graph of the cut off marks percentage that the government schools set for giving admission to Class XI and XII. Most of these students after completing their Class X look for getting admitted in the government schools. So now you can well imagine that government schools are no less than private ones.
Q: Is dealing with private schools an uphill task for you?
A: Not really. I share a good rapport with all the schools head. But yes definitely when I joined it was a little difficult for me to tackle a few issues.
Q: The department had also taken up the issue of unauthorised schools in the city. What is the status of the case?
A: We have sought a report from all these schools and are looking further into it. These schools had been asked to submit details regarding their affiliation and other criteria. Only the schools that follow the basic norms laid down by the CBSE will be allowed to
continue functioning. The students studying in those schools will then have to be shifted to government schools and a plan of action for the same is currently in process.
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