Govt suspends teachers for below 20% results in class 8
The school education department has ordered for suspension of school heads and teachers of the institutions which recorded below 20 percent results in the annual examination for class 8th in Kashmir. The exams for class 8th were held in October this year by State Institute of Education (SIE) Kashmir.
As per the circular issued by director school education Kashmir GN Itoo on Tuesday, the department has decided to suspend the head masters and the subject in-charge teachers of the poorly performing schools under suspension.
"The matter being of serious concern has been discussed threadbare and it has been decided that the Head Master of the school where zero pass percent has been recorded and the teacher in-charge of the subject, where the pass percentage is below 20 percent shall be immediately placed under suspension," reads the DSEK circular.
Besides, the department has also decided to stop the increment of the subject teachers which have recorded below 50 percent but above 20 percent results in their subjects during class 8th annual examination.
"The poorly performing teachers will be posted in faraway schools as necessary remedial measures," the circular reads.
It may be recalled that Greater Kashmir on December 12 reported that 110 government schools across Kashmir have failed to produce above 50 percent results in class 8th this year, exposing the rot in the education sector up to middle class.
It was also reported that almost a dozen schools have produced zero percent results in class 8th. The figures have been consolidated by SIE Kashmir and were submitted to government for future course of action.
The director school education Kashmir has directed chief education officers (CEOs) to take action within one week and submit their action taken report directorate by or before January 1.
"We have authorised CEOs to suspend the school heads and concerned teachers who have poor results in class 8th," Itoo said.
As per the figures, 28 government schools in south Kashmir districts have failed to produce above 50 percent results. The schools include 11 in Anantnag, eight in Kulgam, six in Shopian and three in Pulwama.
39 government schools have below 50 percent results in Baramulla district and 12 in Bandipora district. The SIE figures reveal that five schools in Baramulla have zero percent results and four in Bandipora.
Similarly, 20 schools in Budgam district have below 50 percent results while as nine in Ganderbal and two in Srinagar district have also failed to produce above 50 percent results.
As per the figures, a total of 13362 students have failed to qualify all the subjects in their class 8th examination, for which the government according to norms have to arrange remedial classes during winters.
"We have decided to provide remedial classes for these students in winter tutorials started in government schools," director school education said.
He said they have instructed CEOs to call all the lower class students (primary to middle) who have not qualified their subjects in annual exams.
"We have scheduled a meeting tomorrow with CEOs and this issue will be discussed on priority," GN Itoo said.