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Ministry Seeks Experienced Teachers

The Ministry of Education is looking for 100 experienced teaching couples to serve in underperforming schools in rural and maritime areas. Minister for Education Dr Mahendra Reddy said this was
22 Jan 2015 10:15
Ministry Seeks Experienced Teachers
Minister for Education Dr Mahendra Reddy

The Ministry of Education is looking for 100 experienced teaching couples to serve in underperforming schools in rural and maritime areas.

Minister for Education Dr Mahendra Reddy said this was a way the ministry could uplift the performance of students in those schools.

“We are going to identify top teachers this year and we are going to send them to low performing schools with one point salary increment,” Mr Reddy said.

“I have asked my director primary to give me a list of 100 couples who are willing to serve in rural underperforming schools and in two months we will send them to these schools.”

Upon three years of their stint in these areas, these teachers would be promoted. However, they need to change schools first to where the ministry wants them to be.

The ministry admitted that schools in the rural and maritime areas faced major problems especially with its infrastructures and resources.

An independent audit team had been set up to look into where the money that had been granted to most schools that lacked proper facilities and infrastructures.

“We have set up a separate audit unit to report directly to the Minister where the money is going to these schools that the Government is providing,” Mr Reddy said.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education would be giving away 5000 tablets to rural and maritime schools.

This follows its donation by the government of India to the Ministry.

Eight Steps To Lift The Performance of Schools
– Remove administrative duties from teachers and direct them to spend all their time on lesson preparation, teaching and revision;
– School heads (Principals and Head teachers) to identify teachers who are poor in delivery and get them to attend short course on teaching and subject delivery;
– Provide specialised training to teachers who will be teaching students in Years 1 and 2 with appropriate incentives;
– Recognise good teachers in every school and be given Principals and Head teachers award;
– Ensure schools have adequate resources for enhancing of teaching and learning such as quality class rooms, furniture, adequate amount of stationery and library resources.
– Boost IT resources and student access to personal IT resources.
– Identify below average students in every class and mount remedial classes for these students in the school every day from 3.30pm to 4.30pm.
– Introduce Ministry prepared final exams to all schools from Year 6 to Year 13

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