Teachers given green light to be active in politics

July 27th, 2010 by poobalan | View blog reactions Leave a reply »
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The Chief Secretary announced that beginning August 1st this year, teachers in the DG41 and DG44 pay level can be active in politics, except those who are HMs or principals, and those who are holding administrative posts. The reason given:

He said the move was based on the fact that teachers, at one time, played an important role as community leaders in the country’s political scenario.

“The time has come for them to be allowed to be active again in politics,” he said in a statement.

I find it a lame reason. Long time ago, yes, teachers were at the forefront because the limited jobs during pre- and post-independence period. As long as you had some basic education, you can be a teacher. Teachers were the “educated” group and respected by the relatively uneducated community in the villages and towns. It was a prestigious job.  In those days, you couldn’t be a doctor or engineer easily, unless you can from the connected families and studied in the elite schools.

Now, in 2010, we have so many academically educated people in a variety of field. Sad to say, teachers level has deteriorated while others became more prominent. Those days, teachers knew many things because they could read, and they did read a lot. Nowadays, even students seem to know more facts/information than some teachers, thanks to Internet.

As it is, teachers complain about workload and pressure. If still can find time to dabble in politics, means those teachers are quite free?

If want to give permission, then should give it to all the graduates in all the schemes in the 41 to 44 range. Then only its fair.


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