Students of GPS in Canacona boycott classes demanding a full-time teacher

Gomantak Times
Friday, 7 February 2020

On Wednesday, parents along with their children held a demonstration at the school compound and demand full-time teacher. Parents have claimed that not having a full-time teacher is hampering the studies of their children

MARGAO: Despite several requests, students of Government Primary School, Nuvem-Shristhal of Canacona taluka are yet to get a full-time teacher. And hence parents of all those students have taken a decision not to send their pupils to the school. Students will boycott their classes till a full-time teacher is appointed at the earliest. 

On Wednesday, parents along with their children held a demonstration at the school compound and demand full-time teacher. Parents have claimed that not having a full-time teacher is hampering the studies of their children. Panchayat member Rajesh Velip, parents Chandresh Velip, Ravi Velip Pradeep Velip participated along with other parents in the demonstration. 

As informed, the parents from Shristhal have two wards and one among them is Nuvem. Neary 32 to 32 students are studying in the above government primary school. Accordingly, the government has to deploy two teachers in the school. But only one teacher is seen teaching the students for the last two years. 

Chandresh Velip said, "After several requests from parents education department had deployed one lady teacher in the school. But many students had complained that she does not teach properly and harasses them. We have been even told by our children that that teacher used seen busy hearing movie songs rather than teaching," he stated. 

It may be recalled that in 2018 parents of the same school had demanded to transfer the above teacher and students have boycotted the classes. Thereafter so-called teacher was transferred from the school. But, till date the new teacher has not been deployed by the government. And hence the issue of the same school has again raised the head. 

"If a new teacher is not deployed within the next eight days we will be forced to take the morcha against the education department along with our children," warned Chandresh. 

He also said that if something happens to the students or the parents at the time of morcha the government will be responsible for the same, he added. Parents have also alleged that this current issue is created by the education department. 

When contacted, South Goa deputy director of Education department Dr Uday Gaonkar said that the issue will be resolved very soon and the department has already started the process of appointing a full-time teacher.

He further said, "I had spoken to the parents of the above school children and explained them the issue. We have long back sent the proposal to the head office and it is under process. Earlier, we used to face lot of hardships due to the shortage of teachers, but now the government has already recruited the new teachers in the department," he added. 

Dr Gaonkar also informed that there is already a provision of two full-time teachers to the school. "But a few months back due to the complaints from the parents one teacher was transferred. Now first and foremost the department has to cancel the order of the permanent teacher, who was transferred and the new order has to give. The department is very much sensitive and serious about the issues of education and hence parents should have some patience," he urged. 

He also requested the parents not to hamper the studies of their children by bringing them on the road or by boycotting the classes. 
 

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