Should Delhi Government Regularize the Services of Guest Teachers?

Students of a government school in Delhi cross high walls and barbed wires to abscond from the school. Teachers have no control on students. Click the photo to read the full report. Photo by Rakesh Raman
Students of a government school in Delhi cross high walls and barbed wires to abscond from the school. Teachers have no control on students. Click the photo to read the full report. Photo by Rakesh Raman

स्कूल की बिल्डिंग स्कूल नहीं है। स्कूल का अर्थ तो स्कूल की पढ़ाई है, जो किसी स्कूल में नहीं हो रही।

By Rakesh Raman

In his offensive speech in the Delhi Assembly earlier this month, Delhi chief minister (CM) Arvind Kejriwal had blamed the BJP and the Lt. Governor of Delhi (LG) Anil Baijal for obstructing his proposal to regularize the guest teachers’ jobs.

However, according to LG office, Kejriwal government itself is impeding the process of regularization of these jobs which is supposed to be handled by the LG as the head of Delhi administration.

LG Baijal said Wednesday that he has informed deputy CM Manish Sisodia that the Guest Teachers Regularisation Bill is yet to be received in his office with the requisite reports.

That means despite his loud speeches in favour of teachers, Kejriwal is reluctant to get the teachers’ jobs confirmed. There can be multiple reasons for Kejriwal’s reluctance.

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The political reason is that Kejriwal does not want LG to accomplish this task because in that case Kejriwal will not get credit from Delhi teachers – who are mere voters for him and his political outfit.

The other reason is that Kejriwal knows it will not only be a mistake but it will also be a sin to regularize the services of guest teachers because most of them are so incompetent that they do not deserve a job.

In fact, instead of regularizing the jobs of guest teachers, Kejriwal and Delhi LG must terminate the services of all the good-for-nothing regular teachers who – with their incompetence – are spoiling the lives and careers of hundreds of thousands of school students.

Most believe that Kejriwal’s understanding of education is totally flawed. His government’s focus is only on making classrooms. Kejriwal and his ministers fail to understand that education does not mean classrooms. Rather, education depends on the educational content and quality of teachers – which is missing from all Delhi schools.

Meanwhile, Delhi LG has made it clear that the solution regarding regularization needs to be found within laws and rules and not by public posturing.

Education Movement

Although Kejriwal and Sisodia are making false claims about the quality of school education, people in Delhi are so frustrated with the sorry state of education that they have started raising their voice collectively.

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A recent representation – signed by hundreds of students and parents of Delhi – has urged a school principal to improve the quality of education in the school. RMN Foundationa humanitarian organization – sent the representation to the school principal a couple of days ago.

In the representation, students say that the current quality of education is so bad that it is depriving them of their fundamental right to have good education. They also complain that teachers in the school are not fully qualified to teach any subject that is required in the contemporary job market.

Further, students and parents have urged the school principal to replace all such teachers with properly educated teachers. They observe that in the current system there is no connection between education and students’ employability. And instead of taking steps to overhaul the education paradigm, teachers – who are mostly incompetent – are blindly following obsolete education models.

Moreover, as teachers lack knowledge, they never tried to set the career paths of students in order to make them employable while the ongoing archaic education is not useful for the students.

People argue that it is a form of government-led corruption as the school teachers who are being paid with public money are not able to provide the satisfactory education services.

While RMN Foundation is waiting for the principal’s response, the Foundation is inviting the students (and their parents) in other schools of Delhi to participate in this education reform campaign. Moreover, honest teachers – if there are any – can also join this movement aimed to provide decent lives and livelihoods to millions of children.

RMN Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that offers free modern education to deserving children.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a government’s National award-winning journalist and social activist. He has formed an environment-protection group called Green Group in Delhi. Earlier, he had been associated with the United Nations (UN) through United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) as a digital media expert to help businesses use technology for brand marketing and business development. He also runs a free school for deserving children under his NGO – RMN Foundation.

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