Exempt teachers’ from election duty: ANSTA

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Dimapur, May 19: The All Nagaland School Teachers’ Association (ANSTA) has appealed to the authority concerned to exempt teachers from election duty on working days and leave them to do school works during school timings.
In a release, ANSTA this is in line with the Supreme Court ruling and in the larger academic concern and interest of the students.
A Supreme Court ruling had said school teachers should be allowed to do school works during school timings, and they should not ordinarily be put on election duty during teaching days and within teaching hours. This was necessitated in view of the deplorable conditions of Government schools in the country.
ANSTA lamented that when election comes – be it general, MP, bye election, etc, the concerned authorities are not only utilizing the services of teachers for the purpose during teaching hours but also using many Government schools for election training and security accommodation for weeks together, besides many polling stations being held at Government schools. In this way, many Government schools are being compelled to close down for election related works depriving students studying in the concerned schools from daily learning/teaching from their teachers, thereby adversely affecting normal academic activities, it said.
“Utilizing teacher’s services for non-teaching jobs during teaching days leads to unfinished course, higher drop-out rates, inability to compete the private counter parts and is one main contributing factor responsible for the poor results of govt. schools in public exam. Moreover, the students of govt. schools are mostly from poor economic background, not in a position to manage private tutors to cover up the unfinished courses. They solely depend upon their teachers for transaction of courses,” it said.
Stating that right to education is a fundamental right which is equally important as right to exercise franchise, the ANSTA said it is obligatory on the part of the State Government to ensure that students are not deprived while carrying out electioneering works. (Page News Service)