Bowing down to the demands of several government teachers, the state Education Department has decided to re-introduce Annual Confidential Reports (ACRs) format after making few modifications.In a meeting held between the officials of Education Department and office-bearers of Government School Lecturer Union on Thursday, the department reportedly has agreed to implement guidelines as mentioned in ACR format of 2010-11. Sources said that the department is likely to release the new format on previous guidelines while adding a few modifications within this month. The development is significant as the government teachers from across the state had been raising a hue and cry over the move.
Daily Post in its recent report had highlighted the issue where state Education Department had asked its teachers to to follow ‘apparently’ strict performa for evaluation of their ACRs. Sources said that the department has agreed to replace the condition of 70 per cent ACR marks to be required by a teacher in which he is bound to give 100 per cent class result. Sources further added, during the meeting it was pointed out that every class student has a different mind and calibre hence the result cannot be hundred per cent. Later, it was decided that the teacher may be given an opportunity to show his performance on a cumulative class result. The class teacher having a highest percentage of students passed with distinctions will be eligible for better ACRs.
Welcoming the move, Government School Lecturer Union president Hakam Singh Walia said that the meeting was useful as the teachers have addressed their problems with regards to the new ACR guidelines. He further said that the department has ‘principally’ agreed to follow 2010-11 guidelines with few modifications. “We have been told that the concern of the teachers will be given priority and their grievances will be kept on forefront. A teacher cannot be evaluating on the basis of performance of each student while evaluation should be done on cumulative class performance. Every student has a different ability to imbibe the teaching so a teacher should not be held responsible for this,” said Walia.
Speaking to Daily Post, DPI (Secondary Education) Balbir Singh Dhol said, “It will be early to say about the new guidelines of the new ACR format. We have discussed upon various points pertaining to the ACR format. We will make a draft proposal which will be sent for government’s approval. We have recommended the guidelines of 2010-11 formats with few new modifications after reaching on a consensus”. He further said that the decision to introduce new ACR format was taken after going through several talks with the DEOs, School Principals, Subject experts and teachers.
In the new ACR format 70 per cent weightage has been given to the results of the classes taught by the teaches and 30 per cent weightage has been given to other dimensions of job like attendance in seminars, writing of teachers diaries, participation in school functions, class-in-charge tasks, science fairs, cooperation with the school authorities etc. Till recently, teachers were evaluated on a five part scale and the final ACR was graded as excellent for those scoring between 81-100 per cent marks, 61-80 per cent as very good, 51-60 per cent as good, 31-50 percent as aver age and those scoring below 30 per cent were graded below average.
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