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.

Representatives of states discussed about teachers doing non-teaching job as part of their duty at a meeting with the Central Advisory Board on Education (CABE) on October 13.

Chapter IV of the right to education act says “no teacher shall be deployed for any non-educational purposes other than the decennial population census, disaster relief duties or duties relating to elections to the local authority among others”.

Still, teachers are being engaged to accompany children in school buses, which many institutions started after a spate of abuses and bullying by drivers and handymen.

The CBSE guidelines, before they were amended, have the provision of deputing a teacher in a school bus.

The new rules say: “The provision shall also be made by the school authorities for travelling of at least one lady attendant/lady guard in each school bus, keeping in view the safety of the school students.”

It will be the responsibility of the principal and the secretary of the society or trust of the school to ensure the norms are implemented in this regard, the CBSE said.

A private school must have a separate set of teaching and non-teaching staff. “By burdening the teachers with non-teaching work, we kill their creativity and education will suffer,” the official said.

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