Vocational trainers see bleak future in education department

Around 700 vocational trainers were recruited by the department under centrally sponsored scheme Samagra Shiksha. They get monthly salary of Rs 20000. The department is utilising their services through third party (out sourcing companies) which is being opposed by them.
Vocational trainers see bleak future in education department
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In absence of permanent job policy for them, vocational trainers in school education department are apprehensive about a bleak future for them. Working in the department for past three years the trainers have been moving from pillar to post for increase in their salary and permanent job policy for them. Around 700 vocational trainers were recruited in the department under centrally sponsored scheme Samagra Shiksha. They get monthly salary of Rs 20000. The department is utilising their services through third party (out sourcing companies) which is being opposed by these trainers. "We have been recruited by the department but we are treated as private workers," said a delegation of the trainers. The trainers recently met Pawan Sharma, member of monitoring committee for minority education in MHRD, at Jammu, and put forth their demands. "We have produced 100 percent results in vocational education subjects but our achievements are ignored," said Mudasir Ahmad, one of the vocational trainers. These trainers have been recruited for Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Career and Technical Education (CTE) wherein they provides job-specific technical training for work in different trades. These programs generally focus on providing school children with hands-on instruction. Under this initiative the school education department has started various vocational courses in different areas like IT, tourism, healthcare and agriculture. As per MHRD guidelines department should have two trainers for each vocational course from class 9th to 12th, but the school education department has only one trainer per course for four classes. "Also some schools don't have proper laboratories to teach vocational courses. In vocational education, the department should set up proper laboratories with specific trade so that students get gain experience," Mudasir said. The initiative of vocational education is proving fruitful for the students who are not capable to qualify class 9th to 12th exams. "It is a skill based course which helps school dropouts as they get certificate for these courses even if they fail in main exams," he said. The vocational trainers have appealed the department to hike their remuneration and frame a permanent job policy for them.

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