HORROR OF SYSTEM ERROR!
September 10, 2012 at 6:31 pm #67871
The naked truth:
An Asst. Teacher (Hons./PG) of geography was not getting pay for more than 2 years after joining a Hindi medium aided school near Kolkata on the ground that M.C. and students & guardians (and indirectly the other teachers) were not in his favour because of his inability to teach his subject (geography) in hindi – neither he could communicate to the students in hindi nor could he be able to do the boardworks in hindi. Students were reluctant to attend his class. The situation became very serious when the answer sheets of the students showed repeated evidences of unusual assessment – high marks for wrong answers! Students and guardians lodged written complaints against the teacher!
He is a bengali boy from a needy family living in a village in WB. He passed Madhyamik & H.S. from a bengali medium school under WB Board and, completed graduation and PG from Bihar. He opted for hindi medium school and was selected by SSC for teaching geography in the hindi medium school on the basis of his evaluation in a 50 mark hindi paper in graduation level. M.C. did not adopt any resolution on his appointment and therefore, didn’t forward the joining report to the D.I. for approval and, kept the case held up for more than two years. At length, he established his right on the basis of favourable High Court order and got pay regularized on the basis of M.C. resolution and subsequent approval from D.I.. Salary arrear for about 2 years, amounting to approximately 5 lacs, is still due to him.
I have known the case for last two years. Now, my question: Who is to blame for the ambiguity in above situation?
(1) Whether it is the poor bengali teacher who was not sufficiently conversant with hindi language (reading, speaking and writing abilities) but was selected for teaching geography in a hindi medium school only on the basis of his performance in a 50 mark hindi paper!
(2) Whether it is the fault of M.C. (and indirectly, the other teachers) who, for the sake of academic interest of the school, did not support his appointment at the initial stage!
(3) Whether it is the fault of the hindi-speaking students (and guardians) who could not understand the lectures due to language problem and lost interest in the class and, were afraid of their performance in that particular subject and ultimately became victims of the system!
(4) Whether it is a drawback of the recruitment rules which permit a non-hindi speaking person to instruct in hindi, on the basis of mere assumption that the person has developed sufficient communication skills (reading, speaking & writing) on passing in a 50 mark hindi paper!
(5) He is, at present, the only geography teacher in that school. If so, what about the fate of teaching of that subject in that school until and unless another geography teacher having good teaching ability in a hindi medium school is appointed!
HATE THE SIN AND NOT THE SINNER! Where is the “sin” in this case! Who is the “sinner” – the poor teacher or the M.C. or the students or ……..!!September 11, 2012 at 2:09 am #74073
“SYSTEM ERROR”September 11, 2012 at 6:01 pm #74084
No doubt it is a painful matter.
In the teaching process, medium of instruction is very important specially where it is mentioned . Who is not fluent to write, to speak, to read in Hindi , he did not ought to choose Hindi medium school. Language is there a great factor. A teacher may come to close of a student by their(student’s) spoken language. A teacher for the student, by the student, of the student.
How the SSC thinks, to be a teacher of Hindi medium school is enough to study only for 50 marks of Hindi in graduate level ?
From your description,”He is a bengali boy from a needy family living in a village in WB. He passed Madhyamik & H.S. from a bengali medium school under WB Board and, completed graduation and PG from Bihar”.
I want to say that the teacher has made a wrong to opted Hindi medium school certainly but the SSC ? Is SSC informed by the sufferer incumbent ?
M.C. of the school did not refuse/return the case to SSC. But why? In fear of the grants to be stop.
What about the D.I.of schools ? What is there opinion?
With due respect , I would like to draw attention of our authority to solve the problem heartily so that the incumbent may gets his salary with arrears as the earliest.September 11, 2012 at 8:00 pm #74089
Dear Mr. Acharya,
The teacher applied to SSC by furnishing all the required details, in terms of the provisions of recruitment rules. Under the existing recruitment system of SSC there is logical ground to take it for granted that a candidate develops adequate communication skills in Bengali/English/Hindi/Urdu/Oriya/Telugu/ Santhali/Nepali if he/she has come out successful in that language paper (taken as first/second/third language) at any level of exam. – either Secondary or H.S. or any subsequent higher stage of education. Therefore, the teacher, who claimed to acquire knowledge in Hindi on the basis of passing in a 50 mark Hindi paper at graduation level, applied as per the provisions of the present rules and, was also selected under benefit of the same rules.
Yes, though the students submitted written complaints to MC yet it did not take up the case with SSC in fear of derecognition! Moreover MC didn’t refer it to D.I. as M.C. was not satisfied with the teacher’s performance as soon as it received a bunch of complaints from students and faced agitatation from guardians. D.I. had nothing to do as he/she didn’t receive any official communications from M.C. So far as I know the poor teacher visited the D.I. office and, even SSC Head Office in Salt Lake. But, only got verbal assurance! Nothing came out effective until he knocked the door of the Court! Finally, the issue was settled at the court instructions and, he got his appointment approved by D.I. on the recommendations of M.C. and, started receiving salary regularly.
I think SSC is also under compulsion to adhere to such rules as the hindi-speaking candidates / candidates with sound knowledge in hindi are not easily available for teaching in hindi medium schools in WB. So, there is such leniency in the selection criteria which have muddled the situation and created confusion in the present case!
With regards.September 12, 2012 at 9:27 am #74096
To Dr. Majumdar and Mr. Acharya,
I agree with both of you on some points. I find no objection to the approach of the teacher as he has done the right thing as per the provisions of rules. Every body has the right to establish himself/herself in the society through honest professions. In this case, this is the demerit of the rule makers who probably didn’t think of the loopholes of the system. I think there would not have been any problem if it is a bengali/english medium school because the number of applicants for teaching profession in such schools is plenty and, they have adequate knowledge in bengali and english because of inclusion of these language papers in Madhyamik and H.S. levels. And, attention is paid to these languages right from the lower level of education and therefore, the students find sufficient time to mould themselves. A language studied as the third subject in graduation level is much like a orphan. It may not be considered by SSC as much importance is not paid to such language course, especially when the paper itself carries nominal marks like 50. M.C. was in dilemma as it could neither ignore the interests of the victimised students nor could it dare to refer the case to D.I./ SSC in fear of losing the grant. SSC was to follow their own recruitment rules and, it did accordingly. That’s why the court issued order in favour of the teacher. It may be treated as an exception! Indeed, it has exposed the lacoonas of the system which need to be reviewed. The applicants must have any of the subjects like Bengali, Eng., Hindi, Oriya, Urdu, Santhali, Nepali as first or second language at Secondary or H.S. levels where due attention is paid to these subjects, helping the students to develop through knowledge.
Lastly, I appreciate the inteligence of Dr. Majumdar for assigning an appropriate caption (Horror of system error) to the case which is now an example to us. This catchy caption has made the topic more attractive and drawn our attention and, become a subject of discussion in teachers’ room.
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