Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar directed officials of the education department to prepare a list of non- performing teachers and education officials above the age of 50. This move came after the state’s continuous worsening education system as the performance and results of the students degraded further in matriculation and intermediate exams.
Chief Secretary Anjani Kumar Singh said – “The state government is in process of identifying non- performing institutions and all those responsible for poor show will be given compulsory retirement.”
“Those teachers having failed thrice in the assessment test would also be removed. With a view to improving results in matriculation and Intermediate, the government has also asked the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) to work out changes with greater emphasis on multiple choice questions,” he further added.
CM has ordered setting up a three member committee who will be preparing a list of teachers who have been non-performers for last several years in order to crack down on inefficient teachers. Since the sword of termination will hang on nearly 5000 teachers, the teacher’s union has threatened to carry out a protest against the decision to handover a compulsory retirement to ‘inefficient’ teachers.
Nitish Kumar led government is also looking forward to merge two or more school in the same building in urban areas. The matter of huge scarcity of qualified teachers in secondary and higher secondary schools also came up during the meeting. Anjani Kumar Singh admitted that in English, mathematics and science subjects finding qualified teachers was proving to be difficult and the government would go in for centralised recruitment without tampering with the existing setup. He said the state government was spending Rs 7800 crore on primary teachers’ salary alone and it would like them to perform.
The situation isn’t looking too promising and it remains to be seen who’s going to emerge on top in the battle between teachers and government.