Fossil fuel is waste we throw out of our house: J&K science teacher

A teacher who teaches science to Class 10 students failed to answer what fossil fuel is, whereas a biology teacher failed to name the parts of the digestive system.

Jammu | Updated: February 10, 2016 4:35 pm
j&k, j&k teachers, j&k schools, J&k education A teacher replied fossil fuel is the waste material we throw out of our house. (File photo)

At least, 17 highly qualified teachers of two government schools failed to answer even basic questions posed by the Deputy Commissioner of Udhampur district in Jammu and Kashmir, prompting him to initiate an education audit of the schools.

A teacher who teaches science to Class 10 students failed to answer what fossil fuel is, whereas a biology teacher failed to name the parts of the digestive system.

“I asked the students of the Government City High School what fossil fuel was and they failed to answer it. Then I posed the same question to their science teacher who holds masters degrees in science and education. He replied fossil fuel is the waste material we throw out of our house,” Deputy Commissioner Shahid Iqbal Choudhary.

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Choudhary said 17 teachers of the school failed to give a “satisfactory” answer to the questions posed by him.

“I asked another science teacher who teaches biology to Class 10 students to name the parts of the digestive system, but she couldn’t even tell one,” he said.

The Deputy Commissioner said he was so “disturbed” that he has initiated an education audit of government schools to assess the performance of students.

“I examined the level of teaching in schools. The education audit of Government City High School and Girls High School was conducted wherein serious lapses were found and action initiated,” Choudhary said.

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He said the students of Government City High School having a total strength of 193 and the staff of 17 graduate and post graduate teachers exhibited “dismal” performance with students failing to answer even basic questions related to syllabus.

“The teachers were also found completely lacking knowledge of their own subjects and even basics of English, science and mathematics,” he said.

He said that in government Girls High School which has staff strength of 18 for only 86 students the level of education and learning was found far below average expectancy.

The DC, thereafter, directed for random performance audit of all schools and asked the Chief Education Officer to initiate strict action in such cases.

“The performance of the teachers was so dismal, I am shocked what these teachers have been teaching to the students,” he said.

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First Published on: February 9, 2016 12:29 pm
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    Sri
    Feb 9, 2016 at 7:28 am
    This is what reservations, decades of political corruption and bribery has done to the nation...
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      Sirius
      Feb 9, 2016 at 8:20 am
      Mr. Shahid has stated the problem, as have other audits done previously, but provide no solutions , leaving the problem unsolved and causing the rural - urban divide to get wider. So how to solve the problem of missing or under-qualified teacher ? An answer may lie in technology . With the increasing pority of smartphones , it is possible to deliver videos of lectures to students along with practice questions , answering methodology, tests, text-books in the *local* language. This will allow the family members/friends of students to double-up as teachers by first learning themselves. It also addresses the problems of uniformity in content delivery, adult education, and improvement in select subjects . The examinations can continue to happen in the current way. I hope that the central and state educational boards dwell on this route ...
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        ak dev
        Feb 9, 2016 at 8:22 am
        I fail to understand why so much fuss has been made about not knowing about the meaning of fossil fuel while most people know about coal, crude oil and gas fuels. This question was nothing more than the test of English vocabulary and wrongly linked to the science knowledge.
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          Rajesh
          Feb 9, 2016 at 10:17 am
          Because reservation is provided to unqualified people based on religion/caste, you .
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            Rajesh
            Feb 9, 2016 at 10:16 am
            I bet he is a reservation candidate.
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              Rajesh
              Feb 9, 2016 at 10:17 am
              Will Nautankiwal and CONgis demand that the JandK Education Minister resign?
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                Fayaz
                Feb 9, 2016 at 8:46 am
                This is happening since decades not years. Where were these Officers until now? Why are they shocked ? Everybody knows it but they don't want their kith and kind to loose their bread and butter.
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                  Himanshu Himanshu
                  Feb 9, 2016 at 8:50 am
                  This is simply a result of filling up government posts by anyone and everyone available. Only criteria is that it should help get some votes. If they don't have degree, get a fabricated one, its not so difficult after all.
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                    Hindu
                    Feb 9, 2016 at 8:08 am
                    Many of the English teachers in Haryana DON'T KNOW English !!! Knowing some Minister or his Chamcha is enough to get a job !!! As for any Muslim every question has an answer in QURAN !!! period. Consution should be amended....1. ONLY 10th P have the rright to vote 2. ONLY Graduates is eligible to stand STATE elections 3. ONLY PG or Professional degree holder can stand Parliament elections !!!
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                      Moba
                      Feb 9, 2016 at 10:38 am
                      Maybe from an "ordinary" person you may expect no reply, but from a Post Graduate in Science and Education fields? You really mean to say that the "teacher" did not know what fossil fuels were? The person has I am uming not one but TWO Masters degrees, one in Sciences and the other in Education (M.Sc, M.Ed). Why are you also uming that the question was asked in English? The report is in English and it is very likely has been translated to English. Even if it weren't, this is a cl 10th teacher/students we are talking about. Even if English as a language starts in cl 6, they have 4 years of learning English and they would be appearing for a Board exam soon. How can you justify these things? I know they happen. Trust me I know, my mother was a school teacher and used to tell me horror stories of teachers who could barely write their own names teaching students.. It has to change.
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                        Hari Panicket
                        Feb 9, 2016 at 8:21 am
                        You get monkeys if you pay only peanuts! Poorly qualified,poorly trained and totally demoralised by very low ries ,teachers in most State run schools are unfit to teach even LKG kids! Most of the funds allowed to education gets eaten up by schools in the cities and towns. Rural schools are dens of neglect and deliberately run down by netas.
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                          Pintu
                          Feb 9, 2016 at 8:45 am
                          so what?? they will go to the same JK colleges and get a degree.
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                            Rajesh
                            Feb 9, 2016 at 7:21 am
                            If we expect quality teachers in our school, then we have to get out of reservations and my man atude during selection.
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                              Aditya Tripathy
                              Feb 9, 2016 at 8:42 am
                              yes.. we should not speak truth if it involves religion
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