Appreciating Jammu and Kashmir Govt’s concern to improve quality education in Govt schools, Awami Ittihad Party chairperson and incumbent Langate lawmaker, Er Rasheed on Tuesday said that recent directives passed by education department seeking action against teachers who performed below standard is a welcome step, however the proposal to post the teachers showing poor performance to remote areas like Keran, Karnah and Machil has exposed the truth that Govt has never been sincere to the people of remote areas.
Rasheed, in a statement, said, “Transferring underperforming teachers to remote areas and projecting the decision as a punishment to them proves that Govt does not want good teachers to serve in these remote areas, who otherwise deserve and require more attention than cities, towns and well-connected villages.”
If Govt wants education standards to improve and teachers to perform well, the promotion of teachers should be made on the basis of their performance and their posting, in any case, should not be seen or made like a punishment, he said.
“The performance should be the only criteria to elevate teachers and their length of service should not be the criteria for their promotion. If Govt truly wants underperforming teachers to be taken to task, their postings should never ever be seen or related to their performance. Posting underperforming teachers in the remote area gives the impression that remote areas don’t deserve or require good teachers”.
Rasheed appealed teacher community to offer their co-operation to the Govt for improving the overall performance of teachers and added that Govt needs to keep the education sector on top most priority to ensure that Jammu and Kashmir compete to the best possible extent.