Bhubaneswar, Aug 16:
After Bihar, it is now the turn of school teachers in Odisha to seek exemption from the responsibilities of looking after the mid day meal (MDM) scheme. Raising concern over the deteriorating education system in the state, the All Orissa Federation of Teacher’s Organisations (AOFTO) today sought the intervention of the Odisha Governor to exempt teachers from the management of the scheme.
“There is no doubt that the mid-day meal scheme is absolutely necessary for the children of Odisha in the given socio economic backdrop and it can greatly improve the teaching/learning environment in our schools. But the management of the scheme takes away the major working hours of teachers. While we would request you to ensure quality in the standard of this mid-day meal, we would also submit that the teachers be excluded from such non-academic activities and be allowed to concentrate on teaching exclusively,” said the teachers’ body in a memorandum submitted to the Governor. They sought the handing over of the responsibility to other bodies as suggested by the Comptroller of Account General (CAG), India.
The memorandum also said that quality of education is fast deteriorating because of non- provision of adequate number of teachers as per the requirement of educational institutions. The condition at the elementary stage is much worse, where even one teacher is not provided for each class, added the teachers’ body.
The AOFTO has also demanded parity in salaries paid to teachers.