State of the education: Blue eyed teachers prolonging their stay in DIET’s and SIE’s
Srinagar: The much hyped initiative of the school education department to post promising staff in the District Institute of Education and Trainings (DIETs) and State Institute of Education (SIE) Srinagar, has fallen flat given the departments failure to streamline the work culture in these research institutes.
Two months ago, the Directorate of School Education Kashmir (DSEK) had set certain conditions for the teaching faculty for their posting in DIET’s and SIE Kashmir.
The initiative was taken amid the outcry over the selective postings of masters and lecturers by the department in these premier institutes for a prolonged period and that too in violation of norms.
“But the initiative got deflated before its implementation by the authorities. The teachers posted in these institutes continue their prolonged stay in DIET’s and SIE in violation of norms,” an official said.
Notably, the tenure of posting in these institutes is two to three years only.
Earlier, the directorate had issued an order stating that the teachers, masters and lecturers should submit applications under a given format to the directorate for their posting in DIET’s and SIE. Also, the faculty already posted in these institutes was asked to also apply afresh for their posting in these institutes.
“The SIE and DIET’s are the premier institutes for continuous teacher professional development which directly or indirectly impacts school improvement programme. The effectiveness of the SIE and DIET’s has a bearing on the achievement levels of the children and performances of teachers,” reads the DSEK order.
The order was issued in a bid to make SIE and DIET’s strong and it was decided that the promising human resource needs to be posted in these institutes.
The department had decided to make the posting in DIET’s and SIE’s on the basis of merit and experience so as to ensure that the right teachers, personnel and teacher educators are posted in these academic institutes.
“The flawed posting of teaching faculty in these institutes by the successive regimes have turned these research and academic institutes into dumping places for the influential lot of teachers,” an official said.
As per the new order, the department had claimed to scrutinize the qualification of teaching faculty and will assess their ability in conducting research workshop and teacher trainings.
“On basis of this the faculty will be deputed to these institutes for a fixed tenure of two to three years,” reads the order.
Director School Education Kashmir (DSEK) Muhammad Younis Malik feigned ignorance about the issue and said the initiative will be reviewed after parliamentary elections.
“I will discuss the matter with concerned officials in the department and reshuffle will be ordered after proper deliberations. However, we will have to wait till the elections are over,” he said.