The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has stated that teachers should be deployed for academic roles only, apart from population census, disaster relief or election duties.
In a letter to all affiliated schools, CBSE secretary Joseph Emmanuel has said, “Schools affiliated to CBSE shall ensure that teachers will not be engaged in activities other than those related to direct teaching, professional upgradation, examination, evaluation, et al. For activities of ministerial nature, transport or canteen for similar related tasks and separate trained staff may be deployed by the schools.”
This issue was discussed at the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) meeting, chaired by Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar and attended by education ministers of all states and UTs, after which the CBSE released the new guidelines. The meeting was held on October 25 in the national capital.
Amendments also include guidelines on bus attendants and transport for school children as well.
The CBSE has stated that school buses must have a qualified attendants to take care of the children, each school should have one transport manager/coordinator who will ensure the safety of school children, provision for at least one lady attendant or guard to be present in each school bus, no outsider except attendant or authorised person by guardians shall be allowed to board the bus, and medical examination regarding physical fitness of driver, including eye fitness, should be made every year.
“It will be the duty of the principals of the schools and the secretaries of the society/trust to ensure strict compliance of these guidelines,” the CBSE secretary said in the letter.
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