CBSE asks schools not to engage teachers in non-academic works

CBSE has written to all schools affiliated to it stating that teachers should not be involved in activities other than teaching, conducting exams or evaluation.

Teachers will not be tasked with accompanying students in school buses, or do any other non-academic work, new rules set by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) said.

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The CBSE, the country’s biggest school board, asked private schools affiliated to it on Friday to ensure that their teachers are not saddled with non-teaching duties such as travelling with children in buses and managing canteens.

These are part of revised guidelines that the board issued to address growing complaints about teachers being overburdened with extraneous work, leaving them with little time and energy to devote to the students.

The complaints note that private schools were making teachers multi-task — sometimes asking them to do an accountant’s job of collecting fee — to cut costs. Clerical staff or non-teaching employees are supposed to perform such chores.

Cost-cutting measures have harmed most teachers’ core competency, which is teaching. Hindustan Times has reported about these complaints on October 13.

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